“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
Lush North Pole soap
"This one is pole position to be minty favourite this Christmas" is tha tagline for this on the Lush website.
Lush as most people know is a company that make different toiletries and are firmly committed to creating eco friendly products. They are vehemently against animal testing and try to buy Fair trade ingredients and use natural ingredients where they can.
I love Lush as I really support their views re animal testing and find the staff in the shops to be enthusiastic, well informed and so keen to share the benefits and excitements of their products with you and they are NEVER pushy.
Every celebration is an excuse to create new fun products and each year at Christmas Lush bring out some old reliable popular festive products such as Snow Fairy and they also bring out some new and different ones too. This North Pole soap was brought out for Christmas along with quite a few products and bought mine in the 50% sale.
The soap is made in a pole shape as though the mould they used was a plastic gutter or down pipe. It is in two colours pink and white and the soap mine came from was mixed. It started pink and changed to white as the pole went on and some bits had pink and white. My piece is all pink, a true deep pink.
The white and pink parts have slightly different fragrances; the pink smells more like an After Eight mint with the rich smell of chocolate and mint, while the white bit has a more minty candy cane and obvious minty scent a bit like a mint rock or candy cane.
The creation was inspired by sweets and minty bark brought back from Chicago by two of the Lush product creators.
I love the creamy and rather chocolaty aroma that I get from this one. Although my chunk was quite a large circular shape and the edges a bit harsh to start with it soon softened up and felt really luxurious to use. I notice that is has a particularly creamy lather, thick and quite luscious. It feels very moisturising on my skin and the minty scent fills the air .The effect is a very thick and creamy feel, rather like bathing in a melted After Eight minty cream.
I notice in the ingredients that they include both rapeseed and coconut oil so that is why I feel so moisturised after using this. Interestingly there is also Peppermint Oil, Cedarwood Oil,and Cypress Oil, which apart from the peppermint I have to be honest I was not able to detect when I smelled the soap. This has cocoa absolute in it too which is not in the whiter pieces.
Interestingly a lot of Lush soaps also contain salt Sodium chloride is simply salt. Salt is stimulating, cleansing, antiseptic and astringent. It is softening for the skin and also apparently hydrates the skin when used in moderation. It is also full of minerals, softens the water and helps to de -grease the skin, removes dead cells yet it leaves the natural oils so that your skin is left feeling soft and moisturised yet clean.
This is a soap so there is obviously going to be some sort of lathering agent and preservative this is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is a questionable chemical agent often found in bathing products but if you are concerned you need to check.
All Lush soaps are a bit more in price than you might buy a bar in other places but they do feel a bit more luxurious to use. I am not sure I would buy this at full price but the price I paid was fair enough. A very nice minty creamy lathering treat but not one for everyday use or putting in the family bathroom to share with all and sundry!
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Lush always release a number of limited edition products at Christmas, and soaps are always among them. This year, they have released something slightly different: a soap with two fragrances. The North Pole soap comes in pole form, and looks pretty impressive standing up in the window of the Lush store. It is striped pink and white and when you buy some (£3.25 for 100g) you get either a pink piece or a white piece. I ordered both in my last online order, and here I'm going to review the pink version.
The pink soap is designed to smell like minty chocolate: to achieve this, cocoa absolute and peppermint oil have been used. The scent is lovely: sweet but refreshing, the minty fragrance stopping the chocolate from being too sickly and the chocolate aspect giving the mint an almost 'edible' quality (although you can't actually eat this soap!). It is warm and rich, like those festive mint chocolates you get after dinner, and very comforting. Of the two fragrances, I think I prefer this pink one because of the chocolate aspect, but they are both very pleasant and complement one another well. As with the white version, I think all the family would enjoy using this soap. The soap is suitable for vegans, and is made with rapeseed oil and coconut oil, which are more environmentally friendly than the palm oil commonly used to make soap.
The soap has a creamy texture and is pleasant to use. It lathers up well and leaves my hands with a soft minty scent. It isn't drying, but it isn't moisturising either so I have to apply hand cream afterwards. The soap doesn't seem to be going down too quickly, which is handy. It is all one shade of candy pink, so stands out in the bathroom.
Overall, I really like and recommend this soap. It's a pleasant all-round soap with a festive aspect, yet not so Christmassy that you couldn't use it all year round.