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      15.06.2012 16:15
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      One of my favourite soaps from Lush.

      I much prefer washing my hands with soap as opposed to hand wash and I'll always buy my soap from Lush as I know the ingredients will be natural and good for my skin and, most importantly, not tested on animals. This Figs and Leaves soap is probably my favourite. This soap can be bought from Lush for £3.25 per 100g. This soap can be found in your local Lush store in the form of a massive block and there will always be a lovely shop assistant around somewhere to cut you a piece off, whatever size you like. If you're buying this from the Lush website you can purchase it in 100g, 250g or 500g blocks. This soap tends to make me feel quite nostalgic as it reminds me of my childhood spent running around in the woods at the bottom of my street. With its brown colour with leaves along the top of it the soap does resemble that dirty woodland floor in appearance and it certainly doesn't make you think 'clean'. As we all know though, looks can be deceiving and I think this soap is a perfect example of that. The scent of this soap is a really natural, earthy but fresh scent which also has a typical soap smell to it. It's quite a bizarre scent but I would describe it as pleasant and I have no qualms with my hands smelling of this which is good as the scent does linger on the skin for some time after using this. The soap is quite soft as well and can easily be pushed and moulded into new shapes. This soap lathers really well and lasts for absolutely ages as well. I tend to get about five months regular use out of a 100g block so the price is pretty reasonable in my opinion. You use the soap like any other, just rub your hands with in under running water and then feel the benefits! I always keep my soap in a closed soap dish by the sink to ensure my soap doesn't get wet unless intended to which allows me to keep the block for longer. The effects this soap has on my hands are amazing, it's hard to believe I manage such a difference just by using a bar of soap! Firstly, the soap really does clean your hands. My days at work are spent accepting money from people and it's horrid just how much dirt builds up on my hands over the space of a couple of hours from doing this! I cut off little chunks of soap to take to work with me as the hand wash they supply in the toilets really dries my skin up. I use this at work and the dirt just comes dripping off of my hands and into the sink. Awful to know it was there in the first place but wonderful to know that it's coming off quickly and easily. Secondly, the soap really exfoliates my skin. It's not rough or uncomfortable to use like some body scrubs are but it really gets rid of all dry and dead skin on my hands making them appear a lot healthier and nicer to look at. Because all of this dead skin as been removed the soap really brightens my hands up and there's a clear difference between my the colour of my hands pre-wash and post-wash. For some reason the skin on my hands is constantly mottled and this soap really gets rid of that appearance. It does eventually come back after about an hour or so but it's nice to have hands that don't make me look as though I'm freezing just for a little while! Lastly, my hands feel wonderfully soft, smooth, fresh and clean after using this soap. As I've mentioned the scent lingers on the skin for a good couple of hours which helps to make me feel like my hands are clean but they just look cleaner as well. The skin on my hands is left feeling beautifully soft and smooth and hydrated to the point where I actually abandon all hand creams when I'm using this soap as I simply do not have a need for them. Typical of lush, this is an absolutely amazing soap and the formula is apparently so gentle it can even be used on the face! I haven't actually tried this myself as I worry about my really sensitive skin on my face but if it has the same effects there as it does on my hands this would be better than any other face washes I've ever used! I highly recommend this soap, if it doesn't turn into the only one you ever buy again you'll certainly keep going back to it.

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        06.12.2010 00:27
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        Thoroughly recommend: it really works on my difficult skin.

        One of Lush's long-term products: I love this and have been keeping a bar by the bath for years (not the same bar, obviously!). It's a regular on my list for Father Christmas. As mentioned elsewhere I suffer from dry and flaky combination skin (yum, eh?) and I need a good quality exfoliator that will shift all the dead dried skin without scratching and scraping the nice sensitive skin. I've found this soap has the perfect combination of scrubby with moisturising and it helps keep my bod in tip-top condition. I use it about 2-3 times a week. The soap is a rather blah beigey colour, but I don't care about that myself, with inset leaves and fig seeds. The seeds are the scrubby bit, a nice size and smoothly rounded, they are small enough to get into those little nooks and crannies (fab at that awkward bit at the side of your nostrils) and plentiful enough that you aren't chasing the same few round and round. They exfoliate very well without scratching or soreness. As for the moisturising, once moistened well the soap creates a creamy textured 'foam' and the coconut oil and glycerine moisturise nicely without making your skin greasy. You still get that squeaky clean feeling without the dry skin that normally accompanies it. The soap also contains fig decoction, aloe vera, and a couple of essential oils for soothing your skin. The only thing I don't like about this soap is that it can take a couple of minutes to rinse all the seeds out of your bath once you've finished, and the leaves just disintegrate into bits to start off with, so I find it better in the shower.

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          02.09.2010 21:14
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          A great soap which should not be missed

          Since Christmas (the dreaded c word!!) I have been trying to use up my 10% gift vouchers that I received in my Lush gift boxes. I have tried to use them when I have bought quite a lot of stuff to get the most of the 10% rather than use it on just one item. One of my favourite soaps that Lush create is Figs and Leaves purely due to its soft, sweet floral fragrance which when you initially look at it the fragrance is quite surprising as you expect quite an earth aroma. Figs and Leaves isn't one of Lush's soaps which stands out from the crowd. Compared to some of the soaps it shares its shelf with, the pink, the fruity and the glittery Figs and Leaves looks quite plain and boring with its leafy topping and its dingy cream colour but actually this bar should not be passed by without a second glance! Figs and Leaves has a base of rapeseed oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil which has replaced the use of palm oil due to its instability. Glycerine is a great moisturiser due to it having humectant properties. Aloe vera extract has been used for centuries and is well known for its calming and soothing properties for the skin, leaving well balanced skin. Aloe vera gel is also used, obviously it has the same properties as the extract, it's just an extra ingredient to help soothe skin. Lush use a fig dedcoction (boiling figs in water) as it helps to exfoliate the skin and cleanse with its fruit enzymes. This bar is not just moisturising but it's also soothing and exfoliating which makes it one of Lush's best soaps In mu opinion. Figs and Leaves has a wonderful floral aroma which is made up only a few ingredients. The fragrance for me is one of the main reasons why I buy this soap as it is so lovely and manages to stay put on your skin for hours after you have used it. Ylang ylang is one of the main fragrances which is notable due to being quite heavy but sweet, it has great uplifting properties which help relieve tension and stress. Ylang ylang is also great at softening the skin. Apart from Lush's secret perfume that they use they also add orange flower absolute in Figs and Leaves which gives the intense floral aroma to this soap. Although intense once it is combined with other ingredients it does soften slightly so you are not struck with a toxic aroma! As I said above this soap isn't just any old soap it has great exfoliating properties thanks for the delicate fig seeds which help scrub off all those dead skin cells and unwanted dirt. It manages to exfoliate softly unlike some other exfoliating products on the market which end up being quite scratchy and take the top layer of your skin off! To top this soap off is the amount of lather that it produces. I use it on a sponge and immediately after rubbing it on the sponge a few times I am surrounded by mountains of a soft white lather which glides onto the skin leaving your skin feeling baby soft. Best of all is when you have finally dragged yourself away from the rich lather and gorgeous fragrance and have dried off your skin feels soft and after a few uses your skin is even softer and looks a bit healthier too! I find this soap great for me as it soothes the skin as well especially at the moment when my skin is so up and down due to pregnancy, it's hard to get a balance. Figs and Leaves doesn't seem to be a fast melting soap which is obviously a good thing as you get quite a lot of use from just one bar making those pennies go a tad further. Its not one of Lush's most expensive soaps either which is obviously a good thing but I think it is one of the best soaps Lush make and possibly on the market.. Your body is buffed, exfoliated, cleansed, calmed and moisturised all in one go! What Lush says: "The pure, innocent ylang and orange blossom one. Figs are wonderfully nutritious and good for your body, and their little brown seeds make a good exfoliating medium. But it's the scent which draws people to it: floral, with an undertone of eastern exoticism and definitely one for the girls; but even boys have been drawn to its intoxicating aroma, too." Price: £2.95 - 100g Ingredients: Fig Decoction (Ficus carica), Water (Aqua), Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Glycerine, Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool

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            25.08.2010 10:25
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            Another good soap from Lush

            ==Lush Figs and Leaves Soap== I have to admit to spending far too much money when I go to Lush or indeed place and online order. I do have a little stash under my bed of items from the store ready to use but this is the latest product that I have just finished and I must say I really rather liked it. The Figs and Leaves soap cost me £2.95 pence for a 100 gram sized block and it came wrapped up in the standard paper wrapping that Lush use. The bar itself is light brown in colour with little flecks of the fig seeds contained inside the soap. It is a hard texture but once under the warm running water it doesn't take long to produce a decent amount of bubbles. Even before use, you can smell the aroma coming from this bar and I really do like it. It is a lightly floral soap which in my mind doesn't smell as strong as a lot of the other soaps from the Lush range. However the aroma is slightly warming and described by Lush as " floral but with an eastern undertone". It contains extract of aloe vera which is known for its soothing properties and probably what makes this soap seem rather rich when in use. I love to wash my hands in it and they don't feel too dry and in need of tons of hand cream after use. I do still apply hand cream but this soap doesn't leave me especially dry like a lot of others I use. The soap lasts a good amount of time and I have been using it probably for around the last 4 weeks or so and it has done itself proud. It leaves the skin soft and clean and smelling nice and I really couldn't ask for more. It is not my favourite soap from Lush by a long shot but I can't sa that I wouldn't buy it again. I think a 4 out of 5 star rating is in order and a 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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              04.04.2010 13:18
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              Pretty good soap

              On a recent trip to Lush, I took along some yellow bags to reuse and was told that for my recycling efforts I was entitled to a couple of free samples! A small piece of the Figs and Leaves soap was one of these. Soaps are probably what Lush is most famous for, after all it's often known as the 'smelly soap shop'. Lush prides itself on its quality, unusual soaps and Figs and Leaves is certainly unusual. The soap is light brown in colour with tiny dark brown fig seeds inside. Lush say on their website that figs are nutritious and good for your body, which is why they have created a soap based on them. The smell is described as 'floral, with an undertone of Eastern exoticism'. I couldn't detect this scent at first - all I could smell was, in fact, an ordinary soapy smell. It wasn't horrible but neither was it anything special. Having said that, after some uses I did begin to detect the floral undertones in this soap, though the smell didn't linger on my skin after using it. I was more impressed when I came to use this soap. It lathered up well both directly onto the skin and when using a body puff. The tiny fig seeds exfoliated my skin gently but firmly, which is especially important to me since I've started using an epilator. The soap didn't dry my skin out either, although I still needed to use moisturiser. The soap lasts ages, too. I used it every day for a week and I still have over half of my small sample left. Overall, this soap does an excellent job and is only rather let down in my eyes by the average scent. I prefer Porridge soap which does a similar job, but if you like the smell then I do recommend it. I might buy this soap again in the summer when Porridge soap isn't really appropriate. This soap costs £2.95 for 100g, which is comparable with other soaps in the Lush range, and is value for money considering how long it lasts.

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                13.12.2009 01:09
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                An interesting soap

                I treated myself to a smallish wedge of Lush Figs and Leaves soap on a recent Christmas shopping trip to Cheltenham. On the whole I am a fan of Lush shops, and enjoy trying out some of the products, on this occasion though I had some difficulty choosing what to buy as the smell in the shop was so overpowering, I say smell perhaps perfume might be a better description, it is nice but too much, you can smell it for yards ahead before you even reach the shop. Surprisingly though once I got it home, I found that the perfume from the Figs and Leaves soap is not especially overpowering in the bathroom.It is a nice warm, clean sort of friendly smell however, and I believe contains the gorgeous patchouli oil. My soap, about 2x the size of a conventional bathsized bar cost about £4 ,around the Lush average I should think. but lets be fair where else could you buy such weird and wonderful bath products!. It is an ugly soap, I don't mind that at all, it is brownish with some white mottling,there are 2 definite downsides, one is that if you leave it on the edge of your bath or sink it leaks an oily brownish substance (I really don't like this too much) and secondly it is heavily peppered with fig seeds which do not immediately flush away from the bath or basin (I don't mind that so much) Also the fig seeds have served a purpose as an exfoliating agent.It also leaks some rather unappetising looking bits of chopped up fig, the leaves are on the top of the soap only so not a problem ,though I don't know that they serve much of a purpose either. The soap itself is quite nice, it does not produce too much lather, so you need to rub it well onto the flannel or puff before washing.It feels quite ok on the skin I think probably rather drying rather than moisturising, but not excessively so. I think I'll give it 3 stars, less over the top than some of the Lush range, I'm glad I tried it, but think I'll move on to one of the other varieties on my next visit.

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                  19.10.2009 19:24
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                  I'm not a soap fan anyway, but certainly won't be getting this one again.

                  I was given this soap as a gift and have to say it doesn't look very appealing. It is a murky brown colour with bits in it (presumably the fig seeds) but it does smell nice although not very strong. I don't go in for soap very much, preferring shower gel and hence don't have a soap dish so was a bit worried about the mess that this soap would make sitting on the side of my bath. However on that front there is no problem. I think it is the seeds in it that raise it off the side a bit, and it also doesn't seem to 'melt' very easily so it has remained in one piece with no residue on the side or molten soap tracks down the inside of the bath. In terms of performance, well, it takes a bit of lathering but I feel clean enough afterwards. To get the exfoliating effect (which is mild, slightly invigorating and painless) you have to rub the bar itself on your body - maybe that's what people do with soap but to be honest I find that a bit unhygenic and prefer to just get the soap on my hands. However, as there is only me using this one I just went for it. You may be able to tell I'm not overawed with this, it doesn't seem anything special and the only real good point about it is that for a soap it doesn't make a mess, that's not saying much really, is it?

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                  17.10.2009 06:37
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                  Just a perfect,simple,lovely soap.

                  This soap looks so good to start off with,you know it's going to feel nice during use. It's a lovely cream colour (not brown,like in the picture) and has little brown seeds in it. I got mine as part of the Serenity gift box,and it's well suited to a gift-box so named. It leaves you smelling very feminine and womanly - like you're a lady of leisure who simply bathes and powders herself all day! This soap lathers up extremely well,and the lather is so soft and creamy,just as you'd expect by looking at the bar. The little brown bits exfoliate ever so gently,scrubbing away dead skin in a gentle,hardly noticable until you're dry way. Once used,your skin smells fragrant,almost floral,and I have to admit I re-washed twice the first time I used this,just because it felt and smelt so nice. My bar has lasted a hell of a long time,but that might be because I have a LOT of Lush soaps so they're used on a rotational basis. Still,with daily use,a 100g bar should last a long while,leaving you smelling beautiful for a long time to come!

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                  29.08.2009 15:36
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                  lovely creamy and exfoliating soap

                  I was given a sample of this figs and leaves soap as I told the sales lady at Lush that I wanted to try a soap that was moisturising as some of the other ones I'd tried were a bit too drying for my dry/sensitive skin. I just don't like the feeling of coming out of the shower with my skin feeling uncomfortably tight so she suggested this soap. She cut me a generous sample so I couldn't wait to try it out. It smells very natural and a little sweet too, I definitely won't mind using this all over as I don't think it will clash with any other products I might use after. Some soaps tend to smell too overpowering and therefore make any other products smell a bit odd to me but I didn't think this would cause that problem and to date it still hasn't. I didn't bother cutting this soap up (though I do with some of my other soaps as I don't like to waste too much of it and sometimes I buy really large pieces that do need cutting anyway). It lathered quite nicely and felt creamy on my skin. I noticed after rubbing it in a few times, I could feel some tiny seed bits scratching on my skin, not in an unpleasant way. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could also use this soap to exfoliate my skin in a gentler way than with buffy or any other of the exfoliating bars from Lush. I felt that the soap cleaned me well and my skin was left feeling soft and smooth. I didn't really feel that my skin required extra moisturiser afterwards as I didn't have that horrible tight feeling that some soaps have given my skin in the past. You can find the following ingredients in this soap according to the Lush website: Fig Decoction (Ficus carica), Water (Aqua), Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Glycerine, Organic Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium chloride, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool * Occurs naturally in Essential Oils I will definitely buy a full size of this soap and highly recommend you try this if you're looking for a moisturising and gently exfoliating hand and body soap.

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                  25.02.2009 19:45
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                  If you want a new experience using soap, go and buy this today

                  I always like trying out new soaps, even more so if they have a lot of natural ingredients in them. I had a bar of Figs and Leaves in my gift box and I couldn't wait to see whether it would be better than my normal soap. Price £2.79 for 100g What's in it? For those that are new to Lush, their soaps are handmade, full of natural products and most of them are suitable for vegetarians and vegans to use. Figs and Leaves is jam packed with lots of goodies that are soft, cleansing and moisturising for your skin. A few of the ingredients in this one are coconut oil, ylang ylang, aloe vera and orange blossom, to name a few. For a full list of ingredients check the Lush website www.lush.co.uk. My Experience Every time I opened my gift box I couldn't resist in prodding the soap, I know I am a little strange, but I was just amazed that this soap was squishy even though it retained its solid form. It is like a more solid form of play dough but much better smelling! The soap is in a rectangular shape. It is a light beige brown pastel colour with little dark brown flecks. Some of the figs and leaves soaps come with leaves on the top but I didn't have any on mine, and to be honest I was quite glad about that, as I don't really think they would have added to my experience. I jumped in the shower and grabbed my bar and stared rubbing it over my arms. The first thing I noticed about the soap is that it doesn't lather up loads, it lathers up a little and the lather is a creamy brown colour, this has a milky constancy to it. I wasn't sure at this point whether it was really going to clean my skin due to the lack of lather. The little bits in the soap which are fig seeds, started to gently exfoliate my skin without scratching or irritating it. The smell reminds me of an autumnal day, it is really fresh and uplifting yet it is not overpowering. It has a orangey floral aroma with an earthy base to it, and it makes me feel really alert. I would say it is quite a unisex smell, so great for women and men. It rinses off fine, doesn't leave any residue on my skin, and I feel really clean after using it. I think it is even better than my normal soap. My skin is left feeling lovely and smooth, I don't need to use a moisturiser afterwards because my skin already feels baby soft and supple, not tight or dried out in any way. I can still smell the aromas very lightly on my skin and this usually lasts a few hours, because it is such a light smell it doesn't interfere with any of my perfumes, which is another plus for me. Due to the size of the soap, and because I was starting to fall in love with the lovely fresh scents, I decided to slice a bit off to use as a hand soap. Consequently whenever I wash my hands with this soap, I keep sniffing them (ok I admit it, yes I am sniffing them as I write this as well), which of course looks a little weird in public, so I have had to curb this to indoor use only! Strangely my cats are great fans of this soap too, whenever I use it they are all over me and licking my hands, which makes me think it has cat nip in it! I think the price is very reasonable. I have had mine for just under a month and I still have loads of the main bar left. As soon as I run out I will be straight down Lush and buying this again, with a few other goodies of course lol.

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                    27.01.2009 01:11
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                    A Fig and Leaves good bar!

                    When speaking to my mother on the phone one night, she told me that she had been into Lush that day and had purchased me a new soap that she had not seen there before and had not seen it at my house, so thought she would buy it for me. When I asked her what it was called, she said 'Figs and something'.... and what does it smell like? 'Dunno but its really nice'. Well now if I wasn't intrigued before.. I am now mam! Of course, she was talking about Lush's Figs and Leaves soap that can be used as a soap but also as an exfoliating bar - I love these types of soap as you can use them in the shower mostly as they lather up great and the little bits that are put in the soap get all the circulation going in your body and brushes away your dead skin. Figs and Leaves comes in around £2.50 depending on what size you ask the staff to cut the soap, or if you pick a pre-cut one it is then your decision to pick how much you want and how much you want to spend. The soap itself is rectangular in shape, waxy and silky in texture, cream colour with little brown seeds running throughout the bar. The smell is quite a sweet smell without being over powering and you can smell the Fig throughout and there is a fragrance there that I cannot put my finger on, but it is really lovely and works with the fig well. Both me and my other half use the soap and find it fantastic, It leaves my skin really soft and in pretty good shape after use, and my other half says its great and makes him feel really clean - well so he says! It is incredibly moisturising too and creamy and does not leave your skin dry at all. Would highly recommend that if you have dry skin this soap is going to be perfect for you, one of my favourite Lush soaps of all time

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                    A good exfoliating soap with a subtle smell.

                    This is a soap that doesn't really look very appealing in your soap dish. It's a grungy brown with bits of figs and leaves sticking out. Still, it's not the appearance that counts, it's what it's made of, and I love most Lush products because of their natural ingredients, so I was willing to give it a go. It's really hard to describe the smell of this soap, it's so gentle and subtle. I think I can detect some orange blossom and ylang ylang. It's quite pleasant and not a really in-your-face scent, which is a good thing really as it means it's also suitable for a man without making him smell all girly. The bits of fig make this really exfoliating, which makes it a problem as a bath or shower soap as you have to be very careful where you use it! I've found it's fine if I apply it to a sponge first. The really great thing about this soap is that it creates a wonderful creamy lather. If you want an exfoliant that's also nice and foamy this is really ideal. It's a bit of a hassle in the bath or shower though, with all the bits falling off. I'm mostly using it as a hand soap, which I think its best for. The ingredients in Figs and Leaves soap are: Fig decoction Glycerin Organic aloe vera extract Sodium Hyrdroxide Orange blossom absolute Ylang Ylang Oil Rapeseed oil Sunflower oil Coconut oil Sodium chloride Titanium dioxide water

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                      02.01.2008 12:38
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                      An exfoliating soap from Lush

                      They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach; well the way to mine is with a Lush package. So before the festive season had begin I went to select some gifts for some friends of mine in the hope of persuading that Lush is simply fantastic and whilst doing my seasonal shop I was delighted with numerous samples that I had been given. The first product I was eager to try was the Figs and Leaves exfoliating soap which I was hoping would be a miracle cure for my tired looking hands which had become dry and slightly flaky on the palms. My body exfoliator didn't seem to be working in anyway so I needed something else to bring my hands back to their former self. The things with hands is that like your face they are the one thing people notice, whether you are shaking someone's hand, using them to type, write, eat or through expression when talking it doesn't look at all attractive if you have bits of skin hanging off everywhere, so something needed to be done and it needed to be quite drastic yet effective. The soap is certainly not the most attractive looking or brightly coloured of the soap collection at Lush. Looking simply at it this soap is a light beige colour whilst on top there is a selection of dark brown leaves and then nestled within the soap itself are dark brown fig seeds, which makes the soap look rather spotty. One of the reasons I purchase products from Lush is not just for their bright colours and different shapes but for the smell which they give off, each one being individual to one particular product making them unique. Figs and leaves is no exception, it sounds quite dull as far as Lush soaps go when sat along side other products within this range which have names such as 'ooh la la' and 'sexy peel' but what it lacks in name it certainly makes up for in smell and as always with Lush there is an array of ingredients to make it smell amazing. The soap contains firstly Aloe Vera Extract which acts as an antiseptic and antibiotic to keep your hands in top condition and ward off any germs which might be lurking about. Closely folling is Orange Blossom Absolute which with its floral undertones becomes one of the main smells this soap produces whilst using it. Ylang Ylang oil is a versatile oil which again has an antiseptic property to protect the hands but at the same time it promotes a soothing effect on the skin balance out over-dry and overly-oily skin through moisturising. Then finally we have the fig seeds which are contained in the soap bar are they act as a gentle exfoliator to smooth and soften the skin. As well as wanting something that I could use daily on my hands to exfoliate them the soap can be used on the body as an exfoliator but before I was ready to do that I firstly wanted to try it on my hands. So removing it from the Lush packaging and ensuring there was some warm water in the sink bowl I placed my bar of soap into the water whilst I bathed my hands. Then grabbing the soap the first thing I noticed is that it didn't slide all over the place as I tried to grasp onto it. Then as I gently rubbed it between my hands the lather took a while to produce but it didn't eventually come about and once I was happy with the lather on my hands I rubbed my hands together as I would do when using any other bar of soap but because this is an exfoliator soap, I made sure that I paid particular notice to the areas upon my hands which was drier in part than others. The exfoliating seeds themselves are very small but you can actually feel them moving about on your skin as you use the soap and the harder you rub your skin whilst using it the more you can feel them and if you do rub too hard you will notice that your skin will become red in places which means you have been too hard on your skin. The one thing I love about this soap is the smell, a few other people have noted how there was a slight smell of urine when using it, well I've certainly not noticed that smell but what I did notice is the orange blossom which becomes evident as soon as you rub the soap between your hands and the smell remains quite strong for a few hours afterwards assuming you don't wash your hands with something else or start cleaning the house, by then the smell will have disappeared. After using the soap for the first time the one thing I wanted out of this product is to have soft, smooth hands and whilst there was clearly some way to go and having only used the soap once at this point I was slightly impressed to notice that a lot of the dry skin on my hands had gone, the only downside was that they didn't feel as soft as I had hoped. So I continued to use the soap on a daily basis in an evening after finishing my daily routine knowing that once I was in bed I wasn't suddenly going to begin cleaning again or doing anything with my hands. So now after using this soap for just over 5 weeks how does it fare? My hands are feeling 100% better than they did just a few weeks ago, there is very little sign of them feeling dry and chapped and having not used any hand cream for the entire 5 weeks of using this soap it is the only reason I have to believe they are feeling so good. My hands are soft and smooth and lovely touch. Are there any downsides to this soap? Well the fig leaf on the top can be quite irritating when you are trying to rub the soap between your hands, so I removed it and kept it in my box of lush products out of the way. Secondly the seeds, whilst they don't all come away at once when using the soap they do tend to cling to the sink bowl, so after using this soap remember to wash the sink bowl or the seeds will remain there. I have only used this soaps on my hands which was my initial reason for wanting to try it and because I use other products on my body parts I don't intend to try it just it other than on my hands. To buy this soap from Lush it currently retails are £2.35 for 100g which is the average price for a Lush soap and it does last a long time, my bar of soap still looks wholesome after using it daily for just over 5 weeks and I would think I have still got another few months of usage from it yet. So, if you are looking for an exfoliating soap then look no further than this soap because it did exactly what I wanted it to do. If you are not too sure then you can always visit the Lush website at www.Lush.co.uk is set out very clearly with headings to make your navigation throughout the site really easy. If you have never used Lush products before then I would suggest you click on the 'Find out more' for more information about who Lush are, what they do, how they do it, their policies on animal testing, information for pregnant women and much more. On this website you are able to click on each product to see what ingredients they contain, how much they are and what sizes they are sold in.

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                        31.01.2006 10:30
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                        A lovely, seasonal soap.

                        On a recent visit to Lush I was utterly delighted when I was handed a goody-bag with free samples when paying for my chosen items. The great thing about the sample selection was that I had never tried any of the products in the bag. One of the little samples was Lush's "Figs and Leaves" soap. ***The soap*** The soap is certainly not the most attractive looking soap with its brownish shades of colour. At the top of the soap bar is a selection of dark brown leaves. The soap itself is light beige with dark brown fig seeds, which look very much like chocolate sprinkles, and fig pieces that look like bits of jelly gummy bears. The soap contains orange blossom, which is meant to elevate your senses, ylang-ylang, which is meant to moisturize and the fig is meant to nourish the skin. The fig seeds cotained in the soap bar are meant to act as a light exfoliator to smooth and soften the skin. Aloe-vera assists the nourishing process. The smell of this soap reminds me a lot of autumn days. It smells a little bit of sand and a little bit of leaves - a very clean and natural scent. ***My experience*** I jumped into the shower to try this marvelous piece of soap. I gently moved it across my skin, trying to maximize the exfoliating effects of the seeds. The thing that instantly surprised me when using the small sample was that the soap did not lather up at all - I could barely feel it on my skin. There was no soapy feeling on my skin after using it. As I discovered later on, the lather effect is actually quite good when using a large chunk of the soap. The smaller the piece becomes with use, the less lather is produced. As for the exfoliating seeds, I have to admit that using the small piece of sample soap, I hardly felt the seeds on my skin at all. It was a disappointment compared to the exfoliating body washes that I am normally accustomed to. I was therefore all the more surprised to feel the seeds and experiencing the full exfoliating effects when I bought a "proper" piece of the soap. You can really feel the little seeds on your skin, and when applying proper pressure, it leaves your skin scrubbed and slightly red - certainly an effective method of removing dead skin. The lovely natural smell of the soap changed, however, once it is mixed with water, Initially I found it slightly sour and unpleasant and I even detected a hint of urine scent when using it. However, with daily usage the slightly revolting smell disappeared and now I do not even notice it anymore. After my first use of the soap, I was rather disappointed and so I did not register much of its positive effects. But when I tried the soap again the next day, I was surprised to notice how clean and refreshed I felt. In addition, I noticed that my skin smelled really lovely, leafy and clean - a smell that lingered throughout the day and even was detectable 14 hours later. I discovered the best thing about the smell during a visit to the gym. As I was working out on the cross-trainer and the exercise bike, instead of the usual sweaty smells that met my nose, I smelled something rather intoxicatingly refreshing. As I smelled my forearm, I realised that it was nothing other than the figs & leaves soap. I did not notice any nourishing or moisturising properties of the soap, but it certainly did not affect my skin adversely. My skin has not dried out, even though I have been using it on a daily basis for about four months now. I suppose the only downside of the soap is that it can be a tiny bit messy. The leaf on top of the soap (if your piece indeed has one), usually stays on for quite some time, but as it comes off, it poses the danger of clogging your shower. Do make sure that you remove it immediately after showering. There are also hundreds of little seeds in the soap. When the soap is still large, the soap only loses a few of these and they easily wash down the drain, but in the final days of usage, you might find seeds clinging to both the walls of your shower and the bottom of the tub. The best thing about the soap is probably value for money. My small sample piece of soap was about the size of two pieces of Cadbury's dairy milk chocolate and weighed no more than 10 grams - and the piece lasted an entire week. 100 grams of the soap will set you back only by £2.15 and if you think that this will probably last you about two months (provided you keep it dry after usage), this is a real bargain compared to ordinary shower gel. ***The verdict*** On my last trip to Lush, which happened to be during the busy Christmas season, I was being extremely picky about my figs and leaves soap. None of the lose pieces had a piece of leaf on the top. I apologised to the busy shop assistant, asking him whether I could have a piece with leaf. He made all the effort to get me a 200g piece with a decorative leaf. As I apologised again for taking up his time, he told me not too worry about this. "This is my favourite soap", he said. "You are allowed to be picky when it comes to figs & leaves." My reply? "I know, it is my favourite soap, too. I have used nothing else since I have discovered this." A reply, that still holds true to this day. Enough said.

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                          16.11.2005 17:33
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                          good for very dry and lumpy skin

                          even though i like this soap , i love the smell and its creamy texture it hurts my skin i think the seeds are a bit to big this would make a better soap if the seeds were crushed and not left whole . saying that if you have skin like a snake this will be the ideal soap it can exfoliate and moisture all in one . it has a nice smell which i think you can smell on your skin for a while after its also got fig leaves in it which was a nice touch to .

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