As fast as I'm reducing my stash of soaps, the quicker Lush are bringing out more for me to purchase - somewhat diminishing my attempts at shrinking my collection to a 'normal' amount. However, I was keen to try out this particular soap as it's one of the only fragrances I've not yet experienced from Lush's Gorilla Perfume collection.
Dear John Soap is described as a complex fragrance made up of coffee, tobacco and citrus. Inspired by fathers all over the globe, Lush created the scent as an ode to men everywhere. However, the aroma that I got from this soap is one that can be enjoyed by both men and women.
When I first unwrapped my chunk, I detected a fresh and fruity lime scent, which wasn't as zesty as Calacas or the Up You Gets Emotibomb, but it was uplifting and reminded me a little of lime cheesecake. Underneath this was the distinctive smell of coffee but again it's been diluted quite a bit so you don't get the pungent, bitter kick that you'd normally associate with this smell. Instead it adds a gentle richness to the scent, giving it a warm, slightly smoky note.
As someone who dislikes most coffee-scented products, this one proved to be very different to other cosmetics that I have tried and I found the scent rather pleasant. I appreciated the subtly that Lush created by carefully mixing these fragrances into the soap -there is no one ingredient that dominates or unbalances the delicate scent.
As well as coffee and citrus, you can also detect pine, clove, tobacco, cedarwood, coriander and vetivert in the fragrance. They're not strong enough to be individually extracted with the nose, but they're definitely present in the overall aroma of the soap. Together, these smells help to give Dear John a very gentle, relaxing and slightly earthy scent.
In the shower, Dear John lathers up really easily and creates a light, bubbly foam that you can massage into your skin. I felt as if the aroma of the soap did intensify a little in the shower, and I was definitely able to smell this on me for a long time after I had exited the bathroom.
This soap did help to make my skin feel cleansed, without being dry. However, my skin didn't feel as moisturised as it normally does after using a shower gel. I found that I had to moisturise after using this as my skin wasn't as smooth as it would have been, had I used another format.
What I will say about Dear John is that it has a very unique scent - one that is complex enough to keep things interesting, without it being too dominant on your skin. For someone who doesn't enjoy either coffee and tobacco-scented cosmetics, I was surprised that I really enjoyed the aroma that this soap offers.
The soap's fragrance is light enough to be used during the hotter months, but warm and comforting enough to double up as a winter shower companion as well. While I wouldn't claim that this is my favourite soap, it definitely offers a very interesting unisex scent and I enjoyed this very much.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal.
2016 Price: £4.50 for 100g.
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