As a network of beauty lovers and bloggers, the majority of us will be no stranger to our local Lush store. The friendly staff, the sweet aromas and the fun products lure us in but just how often do you purchase soap? I'm talking old school style solid bars of soap? Most likely seldom, somewhere along the lines we have all ditched the loyal bar of soap in favour of liquid products: be it hand wash, facial wash or shower gel. As a young child I can recall how my Grandmother was a huge advocate of Imperial Leather Soap, the smell still takes me back - now our households are all anti-bacterial hand washes. Can we bring back the humble bar of soap?
I know what you are thinking, there is a reason why we all ditched soap in droves - after a while it turns to mush and is less than appealing, no matter just how pretty your soap dish may be. Agreed! If like me your soap stash is predominately Lush soap, you will be surprised by just how easy it is to cut - smaller chunks get used quicker and will not spoil. Speaking of cutting soap, this is the ideal method for frequent travellers! Simply find your favourite soap formula and scent for your body or facial needs: cut off a small slice, wrap in a food bag and bingo you have a travel friendly shower product that will not leak!
The reason I chose Lush soap over others is not only the vast range and beautiful designs - Lush offer everything from hand, body, hair and even face soaps but the formulations - all of which are free from Palm Oil and mostly Vegan (you will have to check per formula as it does vary). I also like that they are hand poured - keeping it old school! Lush also allow you to purchase sizes best for your needs, be it a small slice for one or a bumper, economy chunk for the entire family. As mentioned above the softer textures do allow me to cut and store at my own leisure, not something I can do with a typical slab from the Supermarket.
Stuck for a little inspiration and/or perhaps don't know where to start within the expansive world of Lush soap? Let me help you out with a few of my personal favourites:
Lush Putty for Your Hands Soap - a gentle, non-foaming hand soap that soothes and calms, ideal for overworked and cracked hands. Equally wonderful for those with young children and sensitised skin.
Lush Sandstone Soap - think of this as a punchy, lemon fresh body wash that not only cleanses the skin but exfoliates too. Lush Sandstone contains real sand to gently polish the skin - it is like a trip to the beach minus the sunburn and ice cream calories in soap form.
Lush Rockstar Soap - Missing the candy sweet scent of Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel? Well this soap shares the same pear drop scent and can be used on the hands and body - the perfect Snow Fairy replacement.
Lush Figs and Leaves Soap - The do it all soap - not only does this smell incredible (fruity yet floral) but it cleanses, moisturises and exfoliates the skin in one quick step. It is so gentle that it can also be used on the face. If you are strapped for time but want fresh, comforted and soft skin this is the bar of soap you should take into the shower with you!
What are your thoughts? Is solid soap something you use daily or a beauty product you bypass completely - if so why? Or perhaps you are an avid Lush soap fanatic, if so please feel free to recommend me a soap or two!