“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap / What it does: Smoothes, Nourishes, „
I recently received this Lush Sultana of Soap as a gift. I like to shop at Lush but had never tried this soap before. When I unwrapped the soap I was quite surprised at it's appearance. It looks a lot like a cheesecake! It's a creamy, porridge coloured soap with chunks of dried fruit decorated on the top. Through the body of the soap there are misshapen pieces of oily soap globules mixed into the milkier body.
The soap actually contains 18 ingredients including rapeseed and coconut oil for softening skin, olibanum oil for "toning and relaxing" and bergamot oil for effective cleansing. The dried fruit in the soap consists of currants and cranberries.
The soap has a beautiful fragrance which is like a fruity milkshake. It has a hint of musky, sandalwood type perfume but also smells quite earthy and natural. I think the fragrance could appeal to both women and men.
Lush state this soap is particularly moisturising and I would agree with this. The soap is exceptionally creamy when added to water. It actually feels like it's comprised with a moisturiser component in a similar way to soap brands like Nivea. The soap feels like it is nourishing my skin and the driest parts of my body drink in the lather. As for the lather, it is not as frothy as other soaps I've used but it still cleans well and the smooth, silky feeling of the melting soap is wonderful.
It's difficult to use this soap with a sponge or bath flower because of the dried fruit aspect. The fruits are supposed to be an exfoliation aspect but really they just fall out of the soap as soon as the bar hits the water. It seems like a real waste to me. I also hate picking up the pieces of currant out of the bath at the end of my bathing session. They look pretty nasty!
I am enjoying the benefits of this soap as my skin feels really good after a bath due to the moisturising qualities of the product. I would therefore recommend this to anyone who has dry skin. It's available in store or online. It's priced quite dearly, however, at £3.40 per 100g of soap. It's nice as a gift or as a personal treat.
This review is also on Ciao!
LUSH SULTANA OF SOAP
LUSH SAY ABOUT THIS SOAP
"Our soap version of posh Italian nougat
Soft suds, bursting with dried fruit and a creamy scent.
If your skin's feeling like a cracked desert landscape, the olibanum oil in this soap helps your skin find its oasis."
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.
This is one of the soaps that Lush usually have in store and is not created for a special time of festival. It usually sells for £3.35 for 100g but you usually end up getting more than 100g and pay accordingly.
The soap is creamy coloured and has dried fruit within the soap so looks as though it is a sort of bread and butter pudding or nougat sweet rather than soap. The fruit is real currants, apricots and cranberries so you get a bit of colour in the soap from these but the soap itself is a deep creamy colour, not white more Devon clotted cream.
My piece is a good sized chunk, a cuboid to be precise but I cut a fat slice from the end to use as i like to use different soaps and change them frequently so they are always fresh and new. Each piece I chop off lasts my husband and me about a week .
"Mark's idea of an ultimate naughty indulgence is to buy himself some of that gorgeous soft Italian nougat from Liberty's in London. He always tried to pretend he had bought it to give to Mo as inspiration for her next soap invention. So eventually she called his bluff and invented this soap - so he now has no excuse to buy it!!
The name was inspired by the 'Sultans of Swing' by Dire Straits."
That was from the Lush website and I have to say that this soap is far more luxurious that it looks and it smells really sweet, creamy and subtly fruity not in your face at all.
There is a really creamy, thick lather and so soft and gentle .The smell is like a Cornish fruity ice cream luxurious and creamy but with a hint of fruitiness. This is a grown up smell, something Cleopatra would have been happy to use with her asses milk bath.
It really is different as it looks so simple and fairly plain yet hides this luxury within. This one is preservative free so much less likely to irritate those with sensitive skins as there is nothing really nasty in it at all.
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, even more than many other Lush soaps has a particularly creamy lather, thick and quite luscious. It feels very moisturising on my skin and the wonderfully creamy sweet but not cheap and bubblegum like smell and soft creamy lather are really different. I think this is one of my all time favourites of Lush's soap creations.
I notice in the ingredients that they include both rapeseed , coconut oil and Olibanum oil as well as all the dried fruits so no wonder this is so creamy and moisturising.
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 but as far as I can see there is no surfactant or lathering agent which is wonderful as you do get a very lovely gently creamy lather from the soap. The fruit in the soap sort of falls out at times and can be a bit of a gentle exfoliant but very gentle. They are not really a problem in that they add to the fun but just go down the plughole after the bath or in the shower.
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. This is one I am prepared to pay full price for as it is a really luxurious soap. In fact it feels more like a bath or shower luxury than soap. This is a very creamy, wonderfully subtly fragranced soap. The fruit in the soap does sort of get left in the bath but I don't find this such a problem. They go down the plug hole and of course are biodegradable, they don't taste too good though so don't let the kids near this one in case they are tempted.
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I have been slowly working my way through Lush's soap menu for some time. I have just finished my second block of Sultana of Soap so felt I could now review the product after using two giant chunks!
The Sultana of Soaps is marketed as one of Lush's more high end products, but a 100 g block will still only set you back £3.35 so it's not priced too badly. The soap is pleasant to look at while being a great edition to any soap dish to give your bathroom that extra decadent look! It is cream in colour with dried fruit set on to the top of each block that not only looks fancy but just highlights all the lovely natural ingredients the Sultana of Soap holds inside.
The soap is named after Dire Straits sing "Sultans of Swing" and was inspired by nougat which it does look a little like
This soap is packed full of natural ingredients, which include:-
This combination of sweet and natural ingredients gives the soap a lovely fruity aroma, and I could defiantly pick up on the slight perfume of coconut and rapeseed oil above anything else. The soap gives a slight creamy lather. This lather is quite minimal but is plenty to wash your hands or body easily by rubbing the soap over your skin. After using your skin does have a slight fragrance of the soap left on it but this is faint. However the soap doesn't leave your skin feeling soft and not dry like some other soap and I think this may be because there are no harsh chemicals in the product.
This soap lasts much longer than other Lush soap's I have used. Soaps such as Karma seemed to disappear in front of my eyes as I used them but my two blocks of Sultana have lasts weeks and weeks even with continuous use. The only I found with it is that the dried fruit on the top does drop off bit by bit, which is to be expected but soon clogs up your drain if it disappears down the plug hole!
Overall the soap is one of my favourites from Lush and I will be buying some more very soon. It has a lovely fragrance, exotic appearance and a nice softening effect on your skin. The lather is minimal but still does the job, and the dried fruit does have a habit of blocking up your plug hole but this wouldn't put me off buying some more!
Another product from my Berry Box of goodies from Lush. The Sultana Of Soap is priced at £3.05 for 100g and like the majority of their products is vegan friendly.
First impressions is that it really does look like a nice slab of nougat! It really does look good enough to eat (presuming you like nougat) but please don't as I'm sure it wouldn't taste great. The soap itself lathers up very well and is very rich and creamy. It also makes my hands feel very soft and moisturized afterwards which is a plus as most soaps make my hands feel very dry. This for me is unfortunately where the good stuff ends.
Unlike the other soap bars I have brought from Lush this one melts down super quickly and I definitely wouldn't recommend taking it in the shower or using it under a running tap. It contains pieces of apricot, currant and cranberries inside the bar and they fall out through usage and you have to end up picking them out of the plug hole. I'm not sure these really serve any purpose as you can't really eat them (you could but it might taste not so great) and they don't perform any exfoliation as far as I can make out. Next up is the fragrance at first I really loved it but after about 5 minutes it became very sickly sweet.
If you love strong sweet scents in your soap and your willing to pay over £3 for a bar of soap that dissolves pretty quickly then this could be the one for you.
Definitely not a re-buy for me.
I'd seen this soap in the Lush stores but had never been tempted. To me it seemed boring since it lacked the pretty colours and glorious strong scents of the other soaps, so I never bought it and never tried it. That was until my 5 year old son bought me a slab for Christmas.
Its a sort of creamy colour with bits in. The slice I got only had small particles in it, but you can get other slices with great hunks of sultana and apricots in them which I see other reviewers didn't favour. I can't comment on these since I didn't get them, so I am reviewing the part without the huge fruit in it. I'm glad my son chose the bit he did.
I generally use soap bars as hand soap in the bathroom so when the previous soap ran out I sliced the Sultana soap in half and popped one half into the soap dish. I thought I may as well use it up and get it out of the way. However, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with it! The lather is SOOO creamy and the smell is REALLY gorgeous! What's more, I can still smell it on my skin two hours later, and the scent even rubs off on my towel. It has gone from being one of my most overlooked soaps to one of my ultimate favourites!
It seems to be lasting a fair while, which I didn't expect because its so creamy, and it doesn't melt into my soap dish like some of the others have. All these great attributes combined mean I'll definitely be buying it again - I can't find a thing to say against it now!
I have finally got my other half into using Lush, still haven't managed to get him into a store as it apparently smells "too girly" but he is at least using the products! It was recently his birthday and I put together a Lush goodie bag (among other items) for him of the most "manly" fragrances. One of the items I chose was Sultana of Soap due to its complex fragrance.
I had a slice of Sultana of Soap cut for me in the Lush store and it reminded me of nougat, the sort which has plenty of added ingredients in! Sultana of Soap is packed full of dried apricots, sultanas and cranberries which not only add texture but also exfoliant properties. As soon as you smell this soap its quite warm and spicy unlike some more feminine fragrances that Lush produce.
The only reason why I have used this soap was simply because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about as my partner has used it several times and has smelt wonderful! He does like to take care of himself and he even commented that his skin was softer. He has normal type skin so doesn't have to worry about using a moisturiser after use, but he did mention that it was nice to use a product which exfoliates which isn't "girly"!
Sultana of Soap's fragrance comes from olibanum oil (also known as frankincense) and bergamot. This gives the soap quite a deep aroma which does initially remind you of a man's aftershave but slightly sweeter. Olibanum oil has a naturally fresh (lemon hint), woody but sweet aroma, it helps soften the skin and is delicate enough on dry and sensitive skin (ideal for me as a sufferer with eczema). It is also a natural antiseptic making it ideal for people who suffer with spots and blemishes. Bergamot oil is a great citrus based oil which is known for its uplifting properties and is incredibly refreshing due to its floral, light fragrance. Teamed up with olibanum this soap's fragrance manages to calm and sooth the mind.
The dried fruit which is contained in the soap is not just for visual purposes they also provide good exfoliation properties especially as when they are exposed to the air once you have used the soap for a while they tend to go hard, which for some can be annoying as they can be a bit scratchy but for others they do a great job of getting rid of dead skin cells. Lush used dried apricots in Sultana of Soap for their nutritional content as they are rich in beta carotene. Dried currants are a great source of minerals but as I said above they are also mild exfoliants as they are soft and nutritious for the skin the same also goes for the dried cranberries which Lush use.
Sultana of Soap's base of rapeseed oil and coconut oil gives this soap a wonderfully moisturising base which provides an incredibly luxurious, creamy lather which in my opinion is completely wasted on men! The foam is incredibly rich and manages to nourish every single part of your body including those hard to moisturise dry areas.
Sultana of Soap does have quite a masculine scent but it's still very suitable for women as the initial aftershave scent is sweetened by the refreshing bergamot which makes this scent incredibly natural and not synthetic unlike other cosmetic companies.
After using Sultana of Soap I have to admit that even though I would personally prefer a sweeter scent (but not overly sweet) this soap really nourished my skin. I didn't find the dried fruit a problem and my skin was gently exfoliated without being scratched to pieces. After my shower my skin was nourished and felt incredibly soft. It took a while for me to part with the rich lather the soap provides immediately upon touching the sponge! The fragrance did however manage to sooth my mind after a hard day at work and this same mood lifting scent stays on the skin for hours. So yes, may be this soap's scent is more suited for men but its rich, luxurious properties are definitely suited for women!
What Lush say:
"The royalty of soaps.
The creamy fruity one. The Sultana of Soap looks like a big cake of nougat from Brighton Pier. It's soft and creamy, filled full of chopped apricots and currants and scented with spicy olibanum; it's hardly surprising that it looks tempting enough to take a lick."
£2.90 - 100g
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Dried Apricots (Prunus armeniaca), Dried Currants (Vitis vinifera), Titanium Dioxide, Glycerine, Dried Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon), Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carterii), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate
This soap from Lush was in my christmas hamper this year, I got a chunk about the size of two matchboxes stuck together and I must admit I was rather confused when I realised that it actually has bits of dried fruit stuck inside it. It actually reminded me of the tasty piece of wensleydale with cranberries which had featured on our xmas day cheese board.
Anyway, the accompanying leaflet described it as looking like a piece of nougat and actually that probably is a closer description. It is a creamy colour with nobbly bits around the edges and chunks of apricots and currants inside it and sticking out of it.
So, I immediately threw away the non exciting soap from my bathroom sink and replaced it with this much more adventurous looking chunk.
On using this soap to wash my hands for the first time I was amazed at how easily it lathered up as my previous experience with Lush soap left me rather underwhelmed. This one produces lather without much effort which is nice and feels incredibly soft. I actually did think whilst washing my hands that this soap made the water feel like it does in a soft water area (and living in a very hard water area there is a distinct difference!).
The most amazing thing about this soap though is the way it makes your hands smell. It must be this mysterious 'oilbanum oil' which the leaflet says it is scented with, it smells like a cross between lillies and mincemeat to me and I know that sounds weird but its actually very nice - slightly floral but with a warm and spicy undertone.
The scent lingers on your skin for ages and bizarrely I find myself sniffing my hands from time to time to see if its still there - soap has never had this effect on me before!
I have since tried the soap in the shower where it works equally well, in fact it is getting used so much the soap is whittling away quicker than Lush soaps usually do - this is one I will definitely be replacing straight away.
Looking on the Lush website, this soap retails at £2.90 for 100g which does seem expensive but then most chunks would not be that big.
The only thing I dont really like about this soap is the chunks of fruit which I cannot smell in the scent and do not really understand the point of unless its to give it the nobbly texture. The bits fall out and get stuck in the plughole which is slightly annoying. I think this soap would be pretty much perfect without them.
Overall though, this is a very good soap which smells amazing and lathers well, another success story from my christmas hamper!
This soap is one of the creamy, fruity ones that Lush sell. And when Lush say fruity, they really mean it! One of the main ingredients in this soap is dried cranberries and apricots, so they take it seriously. It's a really creamy soap, and to me smells a bit like a soap version of a fruit cake, and the smell lingers on your skin for ages. The bits of fruit aren't rough or hard on your skin either.
The 'creaminess' of it means that it won't dry your skin out, in fact I think it moisturises it. If you have dry or very delicate skin I would recommend this one. From that point of view it's also quite good for children.
Because this is, by it's a very nature, quite a soft soap I was worried it might just fall apart within a few washes, but it seems to hold up surprisingly well.
You can buy this soap for £2.90 for a 100g in Lush, and I think it's worth every penny!
In conclusion this soap has a lovely delicate, fruity scent that would appeal to both men and women.
Here we go again, another batch of Lush reviews from me. You can't really blame me with all the deals going on though, can you? The latest bargain I got at Lush was the freshers box. £10 for 8 products. Anyone who turns that down has to be crazy! Thankfully, they let you build your own freshers box, so while I packed it full with some of my favourite products, I also got a few I'd been wanting to try for a while. One of these products is Sultana of Soap. My new love.
Lush say, "The creamy fruity Rococo one.
Can we help it if our soap looks like a big cake of tasty Italian nougat? Perhaps. If we make it soft and creamy, fill it full of chopped apricots and currants and scent it with spicy olibanum it's hardly surprising that it looks tempting enough to take a lick. You know better than that though, don't you. Smooth a slice of our fruit encrusted, creamy dessert of a soap all over your body and enjoy smelling like a sweet shop."
To me, this soap is far more floral scented than fruit scented. That may just be my chunk which was packaged naked in a box with many other naked products. To those of you who aren't aware, Lush like to package their products naked (with as little to no packaging), this can mean that scents rub off on one another when they are packaged together. I've read many reviews on the Lush website, and 9 times out of 10, they all smell the fruit. It's not a bad smell though, it's actually very nice (a bit of an accomplishment for Lush here, I'm not one for floral scents). It smells very clean, refreshing and exactly like something you'd love to rub all over your body and create a lovely, creamy lather.
It's not the prettiest soap. Actually, depending on what chunk you get, it can actually look rather disgusting. It's a creamy, off white/very pale pink colour with dark specks in it . The top of the soap has a thick layer of dried currants, cranberries and apricots. To be perfectly honest with you, I'm not very sure of the purpose of the dried fruit as they are too soft to be exfoliating. They do feel lovely against your skin though, so maybe the sole purpose is to feel nice against your body.
As usual, I chopped the soap up into smaller chunks to use bit by bit. I first used it as a hand soap in the bathroom. The lather that came off of it was amazing. Hands down Lush's best soap for lather. My hands were left feeling extremely moisturised and smelling wonderful (even my boyfriend noticed, and it's not like he goes around sniffing my hands...).
I then felt comfortable enough with the soap to use it in the shower for a body soap, it was probably the best decision I ever made in terms of body wash. Again, it gave of a wonderful lather (even better with my Shaun the Sheep shower puff), the fruit did block my drain up a little, but that wasn't a problem to clean up. After using this soap in the shower, I didn't even feel the need to moisturise afterwards, which is extremely unlike me as I'm a moisturiser-aholic. I wouldn't advise this to be used on your face though, you don't want a cranberry stuck in your nose or anything.
An hour after washing with this, I can still smell the scent on my skin.
You can buy Sultana of Soap at any Lush store or online and www.lush.co.uk for £2.81 for 100g.
- amazing lather
- lovely scent
- readily available
- creamy and fresh
- rather funny looking
- melts awfully quickly if not left to cure beforehand
Overall, I've found that this is a lovely soap and is definitely in my top 3 Lush soaps now. I've already bought a back up piece for when my current piece runs out!
Quick tip - if your chunk of soap is fresh, let it cure for a week or two (I highly advise you do this with this soap as it is the softest soap Lush sell). This means leave it out on a window ledge or something with no coverings. This will make the soap harder which will make it last longer. You can also store your soap in the fridge, this will do the same thing.
The last thing I needed was another Lush soap, I must admit. I have a bag full of them on top of my wardrobe (which smells wonderful by the way) containing so many Lush soaps I feel I will not get through them in my lifetime!
As I mentioned in a previous review, I accidentally (ahem!) wandered into the Lush shop on a trip to Edinburgh, and found myself sniffing at the soaps while I was in the queue. I wasn't intending to buy one, but then I came across the Sultana of Soap. How has this gorgeous soap passed me by all this time?! I really don't understand it, but I fell in love immediately, so picked up a ready wrapped block.
As I've said I have lots of Lush soaps already, but this one I adored so much I was absolutely dying to use it. I have about six shower gels on the go at the moment, but I chose to overlook that fact and started using this soap virtually straight away.
It doesn't look very nice in the picture shown above, and to be honest my block looked a lot like that one, only rectangular. I've never really seen the point in filling soaps with 'bits' that essentially go in the bin - or clog up the plughole, and unfortunately this soap is totally packed with dried currants, apricots and cranberries. I think it will depend which part of the block your chunk came from as to how much dried fruit is in it though - try and get a bit from the base, as it should be mainly white then, and you'll be paying for the weight of a bar of soap, not the weight of a bar of soap and half the contents of a Christmas cake.
Anyway, putting aside the dodgy appearance, I must comment on how good this smells. This smells gooooood!! Absolutely amazing in fact, so yummy I could almost eat it...but I won't because I am sensible enough to know I'll be disappointed when it tastes like soap. According to the Lush website it is scented with spicy olibanum. I have no idea what that is, but trust me, it's gorgeous! Actually, to me I thought it smelled like blackberries and it reminded me of the scent of The Comforter bubble bar. It's a lovely warming scent, and quite strong, and this is one of those Lush soaps that absolutely fills your bathroom with it's gorgeous fragrance.
Using the soap, I am sad to admit, is not such a great experience as just sniffing it. It has a lovely creamy texture and is slightly soft, but not as mushy as some of the Lush soaps can tend to be. When using it, I struggled to get any lather from it at first, and resorted to rubbing it onto a shower puff. This really works at producing a thick, creamy lather, and that amazing scent really comes out too. On a more negative note, however, this seems to make the block wear down really quickly. I would imagine that because it seems to have such an inability to lather, it would not be very good as a hand soap - unless of course you want to take to washing your hands with a shower puff!
The bits of dried fruit all seemed to be on one end of my block, but as the soap wore down they started coming out, and I had to pick them out of the bath to throw in the bin which was slightly annoying.
As I said, I got a very creamy lather from this soap and I've found that it leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft. My skin is quite dry and cheap brands of soap tend to dry it further, but this one actually seemed to leave my skin feeling hydrated, which I was really pleased about. Also that amazing fruity scent really lingers on my skin after using this - and also the scent of it in my bathroom intensifies after I have used it.
A 100g block of this soap costs £2.64 from Lush. This isn't too bad a price, but like I mentioned, it does have a tendency to wear down quite quickly, which is a bit of a shame.
Despite not lathering up very well and the annoying dried fruit content, I am still going to give this soap four stars as the smell is so amazing, and I love the way it makes my skin feel. I'm so glad I discovered this soap, in terms of scent I think it's one of the best that Lush make.
The was my favourite lush soap for about 6 months! When I first saw it in the luch shop I thought it looked like a giant Fruity Cake! The texture looks like nougat. Its rich and creamy with apricot pieces and currants. The scent is a spicy olibanum. Its sweet and light, not all all overpowering. This soap was recommended to me as one of the most moisturizing of all the lush soap. Its ideal for very dry sensitive skin which is what I suffer from. A little tip would be to use one of those plug blockage stoppers in your bath as you will find small hand fulls of fruit building up in your plug hole.
Its creamy texture creates loads of lather in the shower and the scent remains on your skin for hours afterwards. Another a major positive of this soap is that its made from loads of natural ingredient.
Lush is an eco friendly company that does not test any of their ingredients or finished products on fluffy bunny rabbits or any other animals for that matter. All Lush products are suitable for vegetarians. Carnivores can also use them without any adverse side affects. It is good to know that Lush products are no longer made with palm oil. This has been replaced by an alternative oil base.
The 'Sultana of Soap' is described on the website as "the creamy fruity Rococo one" and is pale yellow or white in appearance with dark bits. This Lush soap bulges with chopped apricots, dried cranberries, and currants. Like many Lush soaps it looks good enough to eat and as the manufacturers say this soap "looks like a big cake of tasty Italian nougat" (as such I always advise to keep them away from young kids). However, you might find the amount of fruity bits per bar will vary with each separate purchase.
An average slab of this soap has a short lifespan of about a month or two for those who take a regular bath. It of course will last longer for those who only take baths on special occasions.
Once wet the soap quickly forms an impressive thick soft creamy lather and is a pleasure to use. It seems to possess good moisturising properties and is also deliciously scented with spicy bergamot and olibanum oils that provide a stimulating heady scent. Perhaps I find the fragrance appealing because I love a cup of Earl Grey. Other oils in the mix are rapeseed, sunflower and coconut. To my senses it's all about bergamot with just a hint of coconut, but one thing's for sure, by the time you step out of the shower you'll be smelling like a sugar plum fairy. The only downside is that you may end up with soggy currants stuck up your bum.
The soap costs £2.70 for 100g.
Just recently me and my best mate, Pink went on a shopping trip together and of course one of the shops we both adore is Lush (I introduced her and her credit card and both curse me every week!) We spent hours in there perusing and discussing items and she purchased this, 'Sultana Of Soap' and gave me half to try to see if I like it which was very nice of her indeed! I'd never be as generous as that with anything I bought from Lush, even to my best friend!!
The Soap Itself....
So the appearance of the soap is white with bits in it basically. It's not rough even though it contains bits of fruits, it's very smooth in appearance. Upon opening it up and looking I don't have bits of fruit in it as expected but more seeds than anything else. Its a creamy colour and looks like a bar of nougat. Smooth, creamy in colour and the texture I can only describe is dense. Not squidgy but you can dent it with your finger.
Lush advertise it as filled with Apricots, Currants and scented with Olibanum, (whatever that is). Looking at the ingredients along with the ingredients I have listed Dried Cranberries and Bergamot Oil along with other ingredients of course are within it too. The only thing that I can distinctively smell if I push my nose up against the soap and sniff hard is the Bergamot. To me this soap really isn't highly fragranced at all. It has a slight smell to it but isn't as highly fragranced as alot of other Lush products just slightly sweet and yogurty if anything. To me anyone could use this, male, female or the kids for everyday use.
Well I had a 100g bar and as a rule would cut it up and use it. However I forgot this golden rule of mine and used it whole in the bath, twice! As I stated earlier it is a very soft soap and the problem with this is that it really does melt really fast indeed!
Now the bonus of this is that it lathers up brilliantly and very quickly and it does feel very soft, clean and moisturising and makes it easy to shave bits and bobs and another positive is although your using alot of soap it doesn't dry skin out and make you feel tight. I can even use this soap on my face which I never usually do and it even softens my face and removes remnants of make up etc. However it is very uneconomical. If you chop it into bits to try use a bit less it doesn't stop it melting quick (as my friend tried)and therefore you don't feel clean at all as you don't get enough soap on your body. So I found this really bad but on the upside my skin felt really lovely.
I was expecting a little exfoliation with this soap due to the appearance of the seeds residing in the soap but again no I don't think I received that at all. Another plus point of this particular soap is that it doesn't leave bits in the bath when you drain it as I did expect as always with Lush (that is a negative for me lol)
If you have money to spend and don't mind spending £2.30 on a 100g on two washes then sure it's ok enough. If your comparing it to other soaps from Lush then you really can't as there are better smelling soaps with the same results and me, I'll be sticking to the harder soaps that last me a little bit longer as I appreciate value for money along with luxury. This really isn't that special but mediocre in my eyes and I shan't be buying it again when there's so much better to choose from in Lush!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Now, I know what you're thinking: soap? Soap?! We-ell, okay, so this isn't likely to be a long review, but dagnamit for that title I had to write one!! ;)
Sultana of Soap is a newbie to the Lush range, and while I agree with you that soap isn't the most exciting of products, I confess that of late I've enjoyed trying the different Lush offerings as they do manage to be that little bit more interesting than the standard Imperial Leather or Palmolive bar. Available in a range of bright colours and brighter smells, there should be something to suit everyone from Lush's range.
Okay, now that I've said that, SoS is neither bright nor heavily scented. It's a pale little block which smells of very little. However... like pretty much all of Lush's soaps (and everything else, really), SoS comes topped with... decoration. For instance, the Honey soap is finished off with a honey-comb type layer of 'wax'. Sandstone has a topping of compressed sand (apparently excellent for exfoliation, not so great for sitting on in the bath). The top of SoS is embedded with... raisins (and apricots and cranberries, apparently). Yes, little dried wrinkly dried grapes. Hmm.
Well, actually - it kind of depends. I've found with Lush soaps that the unwrapped blocks on display are topped with whatever; however, pick up a pre-wrapped block, and chances are it's not. Which really doesn't bother me, but be aware. The second Sultana of Soap bar I bought, for instance, had little 'bits' on the whole surface, more like raisin seeds than whole raisins. These were okay, actually - a little light exfoliation. The whole raisins? At first they're okay - provide a little exfoliation, in fact. However, after about 3 baths/uses, my soap had some very soggy sultanas - not pleasant! Worse, every now and then one would detach itself, and it's really not nice finding a brown raisin floating in your bathwater!! So my advice if you find yourself with a full 'topped' bar, is to pick the fruit off pretty quickly.
Adornments aside, the soap itself is actually quite pleasant to use. It's very creamy, and didn't dry my skin at all. It will dissolve relatively quickly (although not as quick as the Dove soap as I remember it...!), however, just through general use - I got less than half the washes (around six baths, I'd guess) than the block of more solid Sandstone that's still lurking bathside. I buy any soap for body use rather than face, unless it's specifically intended for the latter, although with this one I think it might be down to personal choice. The more I like a soap, the less likely it is to be downgraded to 'hand soap' - and this is kind of on the borderline.
Why? Well - dried fruit aside - the smell just doesn't excite me. It's not just 'soap' smell, but only very just. It's certainly not the fruity smell you might expect from the name/ingredients - the only 'smelly' ingredient I can spot is bergamot, which is something I usually like but isn't the main scent here. I'd describe it as very neutral, but sometimes I like that and sometimes I just don't. I'm not convinced I want to keep buying a soap that I need to be 'in the mood' to use! More to the point, if I've bought something nice to put in the bath - a bubble bar slice, for instance - I don't want the smell of that drowned out by something so bland as this. Which is an odd comment, but I find it happens: the SoS smell can overwhelm a subtle bath scent, and I just don't like the former enough to put up with that.
So... it's alright, but I'm not lovin' it. Bonus points for being so creamy-nice (it would make a lovely hand soap, that's just not why I bought it!); points off for the soggy sultanas and the smell, and just for being a disappointment from my favourite Lush - although it is still much nicer than more commercial soaps, so a middling three stars and a recommendation that you buy Honey, I Washed The Kids! instead.
Ingredients (from the Lush website):
Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Dried Apricots (Prunus armeniaca), Dried Currants (Ribes rubrum), Titanium Dioxide, Dried Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon), Olibanum Oil (Boswella Carterii), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate
Price: £2.20 per 100g (you pay per weight, the blocks are irregular sizes/weights - check the labelling of the prepackaged ones if you're unsure)
Available from Lush stores nationwide, or for online orders at lush.com - beware those postage charges, though!
Lush's own description: "Get fruity all over. Nutritious berries, rejuvenating olibanum & a sumptuously smooth lather."
Sultan of Soap
My friend got this for my birthday. I'm not really into soaps because as a teenager they used to dry out my skin but I thought I'd give it a try since it was a birthday present. Plus I love things from Lush. Yes, I will admit. I am a Lush addict.
Where to buy and price
Unfortunately as this is a Lush product, you can only buy it in a Lush shop (No Lush shop in my town * cry *) or online on their website www.lush.co.uk! On the website, 100g is £2.10 and 200g is £4.20 plus you have to pay for postage and packaging on top of that. I guess that the price in the shop would be same but as I haven't been in a Lush shop for awhile I haven't been able to check it out.
The Look and Smell
The bar of soap is a creamy white colour with a slight hint of brown along the edges. You can see the bits of dried currants and apricots in the soap. There are meant to be some dried cranberries in there too but I haven't seen them in my bar yet. I must say that it does look like I have got the end of the "slab of soap" as all the dried fruits are at one end of the bar.
The soap is a solid bar. Unlike some of Lush's other soaps, it doesn't crumble once it hits the water.
The aroma that seeped out of my birthday parcel before I unwrapped it was absolutely divine. I'd already guessed it was some kind of Lush product. At first, it smells clean, slightly flowery but if you take a good whiff of it, it smells sweet and fruity. When you've used it on your skin, a slight scent of the soap stays around for a few hours.
The smell for me is so nice that I'd say it's almost edible. Yummy. I guess you could eat the dried fruits but I wouldn't recommend it as they would taste soapy and probably would have gone off by the time you get to the layer of fruits.
Using the soap
It lathers up quite well once you've had it in the bath or water for a bit, which is great for when you're washing your body. Though I actually don't mind that it doesn't lather up too much when it's not used with much water as I don't like a lot of lather when I'm washing my face but that's just me.
So you just lather up as much as you want and then just rinse it off with warm or cold water. With this soap, I get the feel that it's not drying out my skin unlike some other soap that I've used. It gives me a moisturised feel instead. The soap is soft and not one bit slimy to the touch once it's wet. It feels almost creamy.
I've found it takes a lot of dirt of my face when I tested it using a cotton pad.
My face and body feel really soft when I've used it and my foundation glides over my face now instead of clumping around dry patches that I no longer have because of the soap.
The only minor disadvantage of the soap is that the dried fruits start to fall out as you use the soap over time, which makes bits of the soap flake off.
Recommend or not?
Even though, I wasn't the biggest fan of soaps. (Am now) This one gets the thumbs up from me. I feel this soap is for gentle and/or dry skin as it does a great job of moisturising after usage. It smells really nice too. Though it's a bit expensive, it does go quite a long way. All these factors combine makes it the best soap ever in my eyes.
I've included a list of ingredients for people with allergies so you can check whether this soap would suit you or not.
Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Dried Apricots (Prunus armeniaca), Dried Currants (Ribes rubrum), Titanium Dioxide, Dried Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon), Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carterii), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Sodium Chloride, Glycerine, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate.
This soap looks like a big cake of tasty Italian nougat / We make it with soft and creamy, fill it full of chopped apricots, currants, and scent it with spicy oilbanum oil- it's hardly surprising that it looks tempting enough to take a lick / Our brand new, domed-shaped exotic mass of nutritous fruits and reviving essential oils is probably our most sumptuously smoothing ever / Buy a slice and get fruity all over /