“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
Like I've said previously I used Lush soaps before until my birthday when my friend bought me a soap gift set, I kept it in mind that I really enjoyed them and when browsing through Ebay I came across the Christmas 2012 gift set tin packed with goodies, this included the Northern Lights and the Snow Globe soaps. As I've done more research it turns out the Northern lights was originally a 2011 Christmas limited edition soap. The design of this soap came about when the Lush team took many trips to see the Northern lights but were unable to see them so they have attempted to re create the lights in a fun soap.
This can be bought in weights of 100g and 500g however if you go into the Lush store you can have a piece cut to your desired weight, Unfortunately I don't know the price of just the soap but the whole tin set cost me it's original price of £32 which had eight goodies in it. The soap itself it quite nice to look at, it's made up of neon colours, the soap on a whole it is neon yellow but this has streaks of bright green and red through it.
The scent of this is supposed to be Lime and Pine so when you use it, it feels like the fresh crisp arctic outdoors. The Lime was very obvious scent which was lovely but sometimes over powering so I had to cut my soap up into chunks, this reduced the scent and made the soap more manageable at the same time. I love fruit smells but I prefer the sweeter smelling products, this reminded me of cleaning products and it was a bit too chemical smelling to me but I finished using the soap anyway.
When this lathered up all the colours mingled in the bubbles on my exfoliating mitts which created a green colour, which is nice since it smells of lime. This cleaned me really well but left my fingers feeling really dry because I was of course touching it with my hands all the time, the rest of my skin didn't feel dried out and it felt quite soft but I think that it mainly due to my mitts and not the product I was using, however it does include rapeseed and coconut oil which have moisturising effects.
On a whole I would recommend this soap and it does exactly as it should, however the scent is not one of my favorites as I prefer the sweeter scents.
LUSH NORTHERN LIGHTS SOAP
LUSH SAY ABOUT THIS SOAP
"Whip up your own light show"
"We have an ongoing obsession, here at Lush, with the Northern Lights. Many a trip has been taken, but rarely have they been observed. Meaning they have become something of a holy grail for us.
So yet again, we are left trying to recreate them in soap, rather than watch them in real life. But it does mean that you get amazing wonderful soaps from us."
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 Northern Lights soap was one of the festive offerings this year for Christmas along with quite a few products and I bought mine in the 50% sale.
The soap is rather neon coloured and a bit bright for my tastes if I am honest. The colours are kind of neon yellow, green and orange and it smells strongly of lime and pine. The colours are inspired by the creators watching the Northern Lights on TV but I am not sure if they had special glasses on because I can't see they would really be THAT bright.
My piece is all those colours in a large rectangular chunk. It is quite a stunning sight in full size but even my slice is pretty darned eye catching. You certainly wouldn't miss it in a bathroom. I can imagine this one being a popular colour with kids if you were willing to share it.
"This soap was made by Wesley, who perfectly matched the colours of the auroras he watched on the internet, and then found a special way to pour the soap to represent the natural light show.
Then Pia, our trainee perfumer from Finland, came up with an electric, fresh pine and lime perfume to finish off Wesley's work. Together they will make you feel like you are in the crisp climes of the arctic circle, with nature's amazing light show performing about you.
Who said soap was boring?"
That was from the Lush website and I have to say that this soap is far from boring in either colour or scent.
There is a really powerful scented almost eye watering scent. The lime is really packing the main punch but the pine is there giving it a good go too. This is a fresh lively, wake me up, scent and certainly the colour is not one that you would choose to have a lovely relaxing bath as it is bright and wake me up too.
It really is different and the smell is nose awakening with lime oil, cypress oil and pine needle oil. This sounds like it might be more toilet cleaner smelling but it isn't at all, it is fresh and clean smelling like fresh air in a pine forest drinking a fresh lime juice.
I did notice when I used this that the colour did sort of colour the lather and it left the bright colour on the soap dish and the side of the sink and bath. It was pretty bright and did colour the bath water to an extent too! My chunk was quite a piece and in the interests of reviewing I cut a chunk off mine and left the main chunk in my knicker drawer to act as a drawer fragrance. That was I got to try all my new soaps in a fairly short time and still have quite a lot left for another time.
I noticed that this like many other Lush soaps has a particularly creamy lather, thick and quite luscious. It feels very moisturising on my skin and the wonderfully fresh aroma and colourful lather are really different. I find this a really happy sort of smell in the middle of winter. I am also hoping that the colours are real as we are hoping to see the Northern lights in Iceland next week - fingers crossed here!
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 like a lot of Lush soaps this 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 fabulously bright coloured soap with a strong fresh zesty pine and lime aroma. This is more than I would pay for an everyday soap but for a special treat it is very different and I might even cut another chunk off to share with my grandsons as I think the colour would really appeal to them!
I was told in the shop the other day that this is the first ever Neon coloured soap, not sure if that is just from Lush or first ever for any company.
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Lush 'Northern Lights' Christmas Edition Soap
I received this soap as part of a gift set last Christmas and I have only just got round to using it; mainly because I have a lot of bath/body products to use but and secondly, because the scent isn't really what I would have chosen.
- Product description (from Lush.co.uk)
"This soap was made by Wesley, who perfectly matched the colours of the auroras he watched on the internet, and then found a special way to pour the soap to represent the natural light show. Then Pia, came up with an electric, fresh pine and lime perfume to finish off Wesley's work. Together they will make you feel like you are in the crisp climes of the arctic circle, with nature's amazing light show performing about you."
"Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Pine Needle Oil , Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Colour 59040, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090."
- About the product
This soap comes in a range of sizes from the 100g version that I have up to 500g and I think you can have a piece cut for you in store to what size you want. The soap is supposed to have the main scents of: pine and lime. The soap contains mostly natural ingredients, or safe synthetics. Lush does not test their products on animals and this product is suitable for vegans to use.
The scent of this product is definitely not what I would have picked for myself as I like sweet, floral or fruit/food scents but this scent is very cleaning fluid like - it smells to me like lemon bathroom cleaner which is not very nice, in my opinion. The scent is really strong and I personally cannot really smell the pine, as all I can smell is the lemon/lime scent which does remind me of strong cleaning substances. Overall, not a scent I like very much at all and I wouldn't buy this for myself or anyone really because of the strong lime/lemon scent.
- Using the product and results
I have the 100g soap and I have been using the whole block as a hand soap - I have been using it as a hand soap for about two weeks now and the soap is still very much a large block. The soap to look at is really nice; it is bright well neon yellow and it has areas which are green and red although mine is now just neon yellow. I thought that the neon yellow would possibly stain the Muji soap box I have this in or the surroundings but it doesn't. The soap lathers really quite well when used as a hand soap so it cleans my skin well. As a hand soap this product works really quite well, I find that it doesn't really dry out my skin that much but when compared to my favourite soap of all time (Lush porridge soap) it does make my skin feel a bit dry and tight. This product leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth, not irritated and lemony/lime fresh (well cleaning fluid fresh); I haven't had any negative reaction to this product despite the small area of eczema on my hand. Overall, the scent is horrible and strong in my opinion but some people may like the scent and the soap can be a little bit drying. Although the soap cleans well, lathers well, it looks great, the one block is really quite long lasting and it works well as a hand soap. But because I don't like the scent I wouldn't buy this for myself.
- Price and availability
This soap was part of a gift set from Lush that I received last christmas and I have only just got round to using it - this soap can be bought individually and it is available this christmas for £3.25 for a 100g block - it is available online in 250g blocks for £8.10 or a 500g block for £16.25.
*The appearance of the soap - fun and luminous neon yellow!
*Works really well as a hand soap
*Lathers fairly well
*Some natural ingredients, safe synthetics, suitable for vegans to use, againist animal testing
*Doesn't irritate my skin
*Scent is very strong and it transfers to my skin but the scent doesn't last too long on the skin
*The soap can be a bit drying
*Strong lime/lemon scent that smells to me like chemical cleaning substances
*Only available at Christmas (this is a positive point for me though!)
Thank you for reading my review
I love shopping in Lush and although soap might seem a bit boring, Lush always try their best to make it more interesting! I received a block of this Northern Lights soap as part of a gift set last Christmas, as it was one of their special seasonal products which was released just for the Christmas period.
Product description: "This soap was made by Wesley, who perfectly matched the colours of the auroras he watched on the internet, and then found a special way to pour the soap to represent the natural light show. Then Pia, our trainee perfumer from Finland, came up with an electric, fresh pine and lime perfume to finish off Wesley's work. Together they will make you feel like you are in the crisp climes of the arctic circle, with nature's amazing light show performing about you."
The Northern Lights soap is really fantastic to look at. It has a neon bright colour to it with swirls of bright yellow and green giving it an almost glowing effect. Mine had been cut into a triangular sort of wedge shape and was a large size. I did notice that to begin with when I first started using the soap it did not react well to being wet and would retain droplets of water on the surface of the soap, which made it feel really slimy and was hard to grip onto when using. This sorted itself out after a while so it may have just been a reaction from the outer layer being exposed to water for the first few times.
This soap has a lovely refreshing fragrance to it, with zingy lime oil being the most noticeable scent. The soap also includes both pine and cypress oil so I would have expected it to have a bit of a woody scent, but I find that it is just very bright and citrusy without much of a heavier woody edge at all.
I only ever use bar soap to wash my hands as I prefer other products for cleansing my body. I find that this one lathers up well and gets my hands fully clean without being drying on the skin. The strong scent and bright colour makes it fun to use, but it is also very effective and leaves my hands squeaky clean.
The soap itself feels quite solid and had a firm texture which I believe has helped to make it really long-lasting. Usually I get on pretty well with Lush soaps and they'll last me for two months or so before running out. This one lasted for more than double that and I got a full 5 months use from just one bar of soap. I don't know if it's the different consistency or if the ingredients are more long-lasting, but I was pleased that it lasted so well and this makes it great value for money even though Lush soaps can appear a bit on the pricey side to begin with. However, towards the end of the bar the soap did seem to stop working completely. It lost all its colour and the fragrance disappeared, and then it stopped lathering up. I had to chuck the small remaining chunk away but wasn't too sad about this as it had lasted for so long until that point.
Overall, I'd say that this is a long-lasting soap that offers good value for money. Highly recommended if you like lime scents, and the bright colours are fascinating, they really seem to make the soap glow!
Ingredients: Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Perfume, *glycerine, Sodium Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Pine Needle Oil , Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Citral, *Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Colour 59040, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090
*occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
The Northern Lights soap was a limited edition soap for Christmas 2011, created by and only available at Lush. I bought it as I was trying to sample all of their limited edition festive products!
The soap was inspired by the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, which appears over the Arctic skies during the winter months. It's not particularly festive in itself, but could be so I guess in terms of association with winter and snow. The soap was designed to replicate the colours of the lights, with bright yellow, green and orange used create a bright soap with a big impact. The scent of the soap was the same given to the Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub - pine needle oil, cypress oil and lime oil. This scent was designed to replicate the scent of northern pine forests in Siberia and other cold Arctic places, and is a very fresh, reviving scent. Together, the appearance and scent of the product are meant to make you think you are standing in the middle of an Arctic forest with the Northern Lights overhead! The soap contains no animal-derived ingredients and is therefore suitable for vegans.
My piece of soap was bright yellow with a bit of green on top. When I say bright yellow, I mean it - it was so bright it was practically neon, and I half expected it to glow in the dark (it didn't). It certainly looked cheerful in my bathroom on cold dull days.
The soap took a bit of effort to lather up. This was much easier when using it as a body soap as I use a shower puff, but harder when using it as a hand soap. I experienced no problems using it as a body soap - it smelled fresh and pleasant and didn't dry out my skin - but I've got loads of shower gels to use up so I generally stuck to using it on my hands.
Though it doesn't lather up too well, this does mean that it lasts ages. I've been using a third of my 100g piece for a few weeks and it hasn't gone down by all that much, unlike some of Lush's creamier soaps. I don't find that it actively moisturises my skin though, so I do have to use hand cream afterwards.
This is a pleasant soap that at £3.25 is value for money compared to other Lush soaps as it lasts so long. It is unisex and could appeal to both men and women. The refreshing pine scent and bright yellow colour won't appeal to everyone, but this is a really nice soap if it's your kind of thing.