25 December 2014

Candy Cane Soap

Despite the name and scent of this product, I was initially a little hesitant to get too overexcited about it until I had received my piece in the post and had given it a big old sniff. The reason I say this is because when it comes to candy-inspired fragrances, I can often build my expectations up a little too quickly, which sometimes leads to disappointment. Luckily, this product made a good impression. 

Candy Cane Soap was a seasonal release, last making a reappearance in 2011 as part of the Christmas range. Inspired by traditional sweet shops, this soap encompasses the magical, child-like allure of such places and shares it's scent with the popular Candy Cane Bubble Bar. There are a few variants in terms of design for this soap, but you can guarantee that each slice will sport a combination of white and pink - giving it a similar appearance to the very candy it is named after. 

Containing both almond and peppermint oil, this soap has been designed to play homage to the classic candy cane - a sugary sweet and subtly minty offering that compliments the mug of hot chocolate that keeps you company during those colder months. What I love about the scent is that the mint isn't overly strong - instead offering a refreshing but gentle fragrance that isn't at all overpowering. For those consumers who may be put off by mint-scented products, this is still a soap I would recommend you trying out. 

Furthermore, I found that I could detect an almost cherry-like fragrance in the mix and this worked well with the mint to create quite a mature smelling soap. When you read the name Candy Cane, you expect it to be a sugary-sweet offering much like Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy. However, I thought it was quite a delicate and slightly more sophisticated scent that would appeal to consumers of all ages.
The inclusion of rapeseed oil and coconut oil make this soap highly moisturising and offers users a creamy foam to wash themselves with. Candy Cane is very easy to lather up and you don't have to use much of the bar during each use. A few rubs between your palms and you'll have enough to clean your entire body. For this reason, a 100g chunk lasted me a good 1-2 months. 

Unlike other Lush soaps, this one isn't drying on the skin, although I did find that I still needed to use a moisturiser afterwards. In regards to it's scent, I found that the scent doesn't stay around for too long and this is probably my biggest grouch with the product. If I love a scent enough to use a product, I do expect to enjoy it outside of the shower as well as within. However, it could detect it on my skin for a while after leaving the shower. 

I do hope that Lush choose to bring this back as I prefer it to the likes of Godmother, which I find a little one-dimensional at times. Furthermore, I think this would work equally well as either a body lotion, shower gel or perfume and I'm excited to see if Lush choose to make different renditions of this in the future. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Almond Essential Oil, Peppermint Oil, Labdanum Resinoid,Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA,Tetrasodium Etidronate,Sodium Hydroxide,Titanium Dioxide,*Limonene, Coumarin,Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2014 Price: £4.50 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: ?


  1. I totally agree with your review, I absolutely loved Candy cane soap and bought a big chunk to stock up on in their Christmas sale that year. I don't like Snowfairy and even the Comforter is too sweet for me, but this was wonderful. The thing you said about the scent not lasting very well could be due to the age of the product, because I remember that when I used my fresh soap the smell lingered in the bathroom for the next 2 days or so!

  2. I'm thinking it could be the age that lets the smell down - I've ordered a couple of fresh pieces that I'll be able to try out once I get home from my holiday tomorrow. I may well be updating this review :)