I cannot say that I was particularly excited when I heard that Lush were bringing this product out in the kitchen. The reason being that I consider ginger to be my least favourite spice on the planet - there's just something about it's zingy aroma that doesn't sit well with me.
For this reason, Gingerman Soap already started off on unsteady footing, but in an attempt to give you a fair review, I was willing to let my feelings slide and judge this as fairly as I could.
What is rather useful about the design of this soap is that it makes it slightly easier to use in the shower. I often cut my blocks of soap into more manageable slices as I find that I tend to drop bigger pieces because they're harder to hold. The shape of this soap means that you have more to 'grip' in the shower, which is rather useful - not to mention the fact that it lathers slightly easier this way.
Whether it's because this soap is fresh, that Lush have begun using a new soap base, or a combination of the above two along with Gingerman's design, but this soap was surprisingly a lot softer than your average block from Lush. It's a little like Sultana of Soap in that you can press down on it and leave a dent. While the consistency didn't do anything special to the way it worked in the shower, it did give me a little faith that this soap would be a gentler on my skin.
The main aspect that will make you either a lover or a hater of this soap, is its scent. It smells exactly as you would imagine a fresh ginger soap from Lush to. With ginger oil and ginger root included here, it's a very pungent and rather spicy soap - one that smells exactly like freshly chopped ginger. While Lush claim that it leaves you smelling like ginger biscuits, I didn't get this at all. Instead, I thought the smell it left on my skin was the exact same ginger aroma, only slightly more grassy than spicy. For those of you who are fans of the Ginger range, this is not like this at all. While the perfume and the discontinued Badass Shower Gel, have a sweet but spicy aroma, this soap doesn't have any other layers of scent aside from the potent natural ginger smell.
For those who don't know much about ginger, this ingredient is brilliant for stimulating circulation under the surface of your skin and bringing some much needed warmth to your body. It also has antiseptic properties so will leave you feeling clean and soothed at the same time. This would be a fantastic soap to use in the colder months to re-energise your skin as well as your senses.
In the shower, my skin did feel warmer and I can see why this would be really comforting if you were a fan of ginger. The soap creates a very creamy and slightly cream-coloured lather which is easy to massage across your skin and leaves your body feeling clean. Unfortunately, I found it rather drying on my skin which I didn't appreciate at all, and I had to use a shower gel to rectify the problem afterwards.
When I left the shower, I could still smell the ginger faintly on my skin but it was subtle enough that I could apply my body lotion without the fragrances clashing. While I still cannot claim to like ginger any more than I did before trying this soap, I won't say that I completely hated this experience. If you like ginger and you like soaps, you'll no doubt want to stock up on this limited edition product. For me, although it's not the most awful smell in the world, it's not one I have any interest in trying again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Ginger Oil, Ginger Root, Aloe Vera Extract, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Gardenia Extract.