Most of you who read this blog are probably aware that I don't really use or appreciate soap. I have found very few that don't dry my skin out and even those ones never leave my body feeling as smooth or as moisturised as a shower gel would. Having said that, I still buy every soap that Lush bring out in the hope that one day I'll find one that is right for me.
When Lush first announced the release of Somewhere Over The Rainbow Soap, both the pictures and the description had me really excited. If there was an award for most attractive Lush soap ever, I would probably say that this would win, with only Northern Lights scraping a close second. Unfortunately, everything else about this product is a little disappointing.
Made from a combination of neroli and mandarin oils, I was expecting a bright, sweet and rather zesty-smelling soap. Instead, I found the soap to possess a very weak fragrance - one that was almost thwarted by the base smell of the soap itself. Much like the aforementioned Northern Lights, there was a very 'soapy' smell to this one and it was something I couldn't seem to shake off in the shower.
You can definitely smell both of the key ingredients in the mix - with the rose absolute rounding the smell off with a slightly powdery floral aroma. While all of these ingredients compliment each other well, none are strong enough to make that much of an impression on me - something that didn't alter either when the product came into contact with the hot water in my shower.
Whether or not Lush did this intentionally I'm unsure, but the combination of scents featured in Somewhere Over The Rainbow gives off a fragrance that is not that unlike B-Electro Shower Gel - a sort of light citrus, soapy smell. It's definitely not unpleasant - it's just not particularly interesting and is rather a let down when you see how beautiful the soap is to look at.
Having said this, in the shower it lathers up nicely, creating light, foamy soap suds that glide over your skin with ease. It's not overly generous on the amount it produces, but this no doubt helps it to last as I can imagine it would. The lather it does offer the user is not really all that fragrant, but it does leave a very faint after-scent on your body; you can smell this for a while after you've exited the shower and can then top up the aroma with B-Scent Liquid Perfume if you're looking for something similar.
Although it claims to contain golden lustre, I couldn't find any trace of this in the two pieces I ordered, and if it was there, it certainly didn't transfer onto my skin.While the soap is stunning to look at, this is one of the first products that has disappointed me in a while, which is a shame it's name and design is one of Lush's better ones.
I can imagine that there will be many people out there that appreciate the simplicity and subtleness of Somewhere Over The Rainbow - perhaps those who prefer gentle smells. However, I for one was not bowled over by this seasonal offering from Lush and it's not something I would purchase again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Perfume, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 42090, Colour 15510, Colour 45350, Colour 17200, Colour 59040, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Snowflake Lustre; Dazzling Gold Lustre.
2015 Price: £4.25 for 100g, £10.62 for 250g, £21.25 for 500g.
2016 Price: £4.25 for 100g, £10.62 for 250g, £21.25 for 500g.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bath Bomb