The trouble I find with being a regular consumer of Lush, is that I'll often buy a new product without reading the description or browsing through the ingredients list first. Often, I'll compile a image or scent in my head that I think represents the item I've just bought, only to discover the reality is nothing like I envisaged. Such is the case with this soap.
When Parsley Porridge was first released, it was a rather unattractive looking product - a murky green slab of soap with specks of brown oatmeal throughout it's body. If you were to add pieces of pistachio to the mx, you'd have something very similar to the Noubar soap I reviewed last year. However, the reformulated version is much prettier - a bumpy spring green design with translucent pieces of glycerine threaded throughout.
Described as being an antibacterial soap, this product is packed full of herbs and natural oils to help cleanse, soothe and heal the skin. Firstly, there's both thyme and parsley; two refreshing plants that give off a fresh and crisp fragrance that dominate a good part of the soap's fragrance; the addition of aloe vera gel and oil makes this soap soothing on the skin and gives it it's healing properties. Furthermore, it is this latter ingredient that overpowers most other smells that make up this product - if you don't like the smell of aloe vera, you'll want to avoid this soap at all costs.
Much like Movis, this soap possesses a slightly strange consistency, different from what you'd normally expect from a soap. Parsley Porridge is rather soft to touch - squidgy between your hands to the point that it would turn into mush if you were to squeeze it too tightly. It's texture is very similar to the FUN bars that Lush offer but a little oiler and more compact. I wonder whether this strange texture is due to the freshness of the soap or because it's naturally this way. I hope it's the former.
In the shower, this soap takes a bit of work to lather up but when it does it creates a thick, airy white foam that is easy enough to massage across your body and leaves your skin feeling really smooth. While the fragrance isn't overly pungent, you can detect a light, crisp smell on your skin afterwards.
Much like the above soap, Parsley Porridge is made from a mixture of whole oats and glycerine, which helps to create a soap that is naturally gentle on the skin. This works well for people with sensitive skin as it eradicates dry or sore areas, without removing the moisture and natural oils from your pores. Furthermore, the tea tree and aloe vera infusion helps to cool irritated skin and prevents it from breaking out. Furthermore, the oats form a delicate and natural exfoliator, which conditions your skin without being too harsh on it.
What I liked about this soap was that it maintained it's size and shape after days of use, which suggests that this product is long-lasting and worth it's price tag. Additionally, if you happen to love this smell, you'll appreciate the fact that it lingers on your skin for a while after you've left the shower.
However, much like Putty For Your Hands, I felt that this soap would be much more suited as a hand soap, and not something I'd want to lather over my body in the shower. The fragrance was a little too 'clinical' for my liking and I felt as if I was bathing in tea tree oil, which isn't the most pleasant of smells.
If you love Narcotic Shower Gel or anything dominated by tea tree, you'll probably love this soap, and a 100g will last you a long time. While I would buy this again once in a blue moon to use as a hand soap, it's not something I would use on my body as it's not my favourite smell.
Quantitative Ingredients: Tea Tree Infusion, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Fresh Aloe Gel, Water (Aqua), Fresh Parsley, Fine Ground Oatmeal, Thyme Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Chlorophyllin, Limonene, Geraniol, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide.
2015 Reformulated Ingredients: Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Infusion, Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Sorbitol, Fresh Parsley, Fine Ground Oatmeal, Thyme Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Fresh Aloe Gel, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin.
2015 Price: £4.10 per 100g.