While I'm too much of a 'newbie' to appreciate the original reason behind the creation of this soap, I still have a small inkling about what the release of this product meant to a lot of the older Lush fans at the time. Stemming back to the days of Lush's original name, Cosmetics To Go, this soap was produced after fans were devastated at the demise of the original B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful fragrance, Keep It Fluffy, of which it shares the same scent.
Made from a blend of vanilla absolute and lemongrass oil, Love Birds Soap sounds like a pudding in soap form, and indeed it smells like one. Initially, you may be a little disappointed to find that the scent of this product is rather subtle, and those of you that prefer stronger, sharper citrus aromas might shy away from trying it out. However, I believe that it is the subtleness of this fragrance that makes it as special as it is.
The vanilla is definitely the strongest element to this soap, straight out of the packet. However, instead of the tonka-dominated vanilla we are normally used to in the Vanillary range, this vanilla is far gentler and far fresher on the senses. Behind this is the wonderful zesty and slightly grassy lemongrass, which when sitting alongside the beautiful vanilla fragrance makes this soap smell like a freshly made lemon meringue pie.
Adding to the gorgeous sherbety fragrance that these two notes offer, Love Birds also features ylang ylang oil and jasmine absolute - two ingredients that give this soap a naturally sweet and slightly sensual aroma to round it off. While none of these ingredients jumps out at you and steals the show, all four are very much present in the initial sniff, and I really appreciated how gentle and creamy the smell was.
In the shower, Love Birds lathers up really well and produces a thick, creamy lather to massage all over your body. The product leaves your skin feeling really clean and soft, although it did dry my hands out a little when I was massaging this between my palms. I focused mostly on using this soap on my legs and found that it worked as a great alternative to shaving cream. It kept my legs moisturised and lubricated but taut enough that I didn't cut myself whilst shaving.
A 100g block will set you back £4.50, which makes it one of the most expensive soaps you can buy from Lush. However, it's one of those compact soaps that last a lot longer than the softer variations. If you kept this dry between uses, a chunk could easily last you up to two months, which makes it good value for money.
Despite the subtly of it's fragrance, this soap leaves it's mark on your skin - giving off a lovely sweet and citrusy aroma that stays with you for quite a while after you've showered. It's not strong enough to overpower any body lotion or perfume you may wish to apply afterwards, but it's there to remind you of it's beautiful aroma.
I would love for Lush to bring out other products in this scent. While I have had a Keep It Fluffy Bath Bomb in the past, it was way past it's best and didn't give me a great representation of what this scent can do. For this reason, I shall be enjoying my two slices of Love Birds until I can get my greedy mitts on other variations of the fragrance.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Lemongrass Oil, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Coumarin, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl, Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 42090.
2015 Price: £4.50 for 100g.
2016 Price: £4.25 for 100g.
Keep It Fluffy Bath Bomb
Keep It Fluffy Liquid Perfume
Love Birds Soap