I can’t think of a more “hit or miss” brand for me than LUSH. They are one of those brands that produces some of my favorite products while also producing some of my most detested products.
I usually avoid their bar soaps just because of their price. They’re much more expensive than other artisanal soaps that I purchase from various indie lines. I love bar soap but the reality is that a bar of soap will not last as long as a bottle of shower gel. I realize that I waste money when buying a bar even when I’m buying fairer priced bars. Here are a few quick reviews of bars that I’ve bought and bars that came as samples with a purchase.
Figs & Leaves – I’m actually surprised by how much I dislike this soap. It’s the scent. It’s such a synthetic overly “clean” floral – like a powder fresh ylang-ylang. I can’t stand it because it smells dare I say, “cheap”. It smells like an old-fashioned beauty bar that one could purchase in a multi-pack for a few bucks at the drugstore. It’s not an offensive smell but it’s offensive at its price point. As far as the actual formula, I’m not that impressed either. It’s like using an Olay bar soap in its feel. Except if Olay had uncomfortable fig seeds in it. I hate that I hate this soap because it seems to have many fans, but I’m completely unimpressed. A 3.5 oz bar retails for about $8.
Rock Star – Now I like this soap, but I like the limited edition shower gel, Snow Fairy, much better. Rock Star is a fruity musk with a sweet vanilla. It’s like a cotton candy musk. It smells good but the formula is a “fast melter”. I’m sticking with the shower gel as I feel it is a better value. A 3.5 oz bar retails for about $8.
Sandstone- A bar of soap scented with Pledge Lemon Furniture Polish with sand. I really don’t like this one either. I don’t like the scent nor do I like the ouchy formula. I guess it would be good for feet. But, it seriously makes my skin want to cry. A 3.5 oz bar retails for about $8.
Fresh Farmacy – This is really a complexion bar. However, there was no way that I was going to use a bar soap this fragrant on my face. My dry skin would start a rebellion. The bar smells strongly of lavandin and tea tree oil. The scent is sharp and medicinal. The bar features calamine which is supposed to soothe skin. The bar is recommended for sensitive skin types. I don’t know. I’m happy I didn’t use it on my face. It dried out my body (that’s what calamine is for – it’s an astringent). Not a bad bar but certainly not for my skin type. A 3.5 oz bar retails for about $10.
My final verdict is that I’m not a fan of LUSH bar soaps. I think they are ho-hum in quality and scent. If I’m going to spend the money with them, it will be on their shower gels. As far as my future bar soap purchases go, I’m sticking with the indies that I love whose quality and aromas are much better than these that I tried from LUSH.
I mean it is possible that I just happened to sample some that weren’t for me. It’s possible. But for now, I’m going to move on to other things.
All of these are available at LUSH.
Want more reviews? Try…
The Oxford Owl – Review of Figs & Leaves
Max the Unicorn – Review of Figs & Leaves
Will Work for Makeup – Review of Rock Star
Little Red – Review of Rock Star
Cosmeddicted – Review of Sandstone
Musings of a Muse – Review of Fresh Farmacy
The Narcissist – Review of Fresh Farmacy