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17 April 2015

Canadian Maple Soap


The biggest bane in my life right now, is soap. Body lotions, shampoos, massage bars, shower gels and jellies all seem to be fairly easy to use up, and I find that after twelve months my collection may not have gotten smaller, but the products I own are fresher and more up-to-date. However, my soap collection just keeps expanding at an alarming rate, and by the time that I've finished a 100g block, there's four or five more added to my stash. For this reason, I've made it my goal to reduce my collection by 50% before October of next year. 

On my journey of reduction, the first soap to grab my attention was Canadian Maple, which is surprising given that it's one of the most boring soaps to look at. My block was a creamy beige colour all over, although reading other people's reviews, most pieces are normally decorated with sugar crystals on top - adding an exfoliating element to the soap. 

What first attracted me to this product was it's scent; a warm, sensual aroma that's proven to be great company during these colder months. Made using both coconut oil and maple syrup, this soap is soft to touch and creates a similar texture of lather in the shower. Although it can be a little rigid to use, it's not as stubborn as some soaps, so produces a satisfactory amount of foam to wash yourself with.

To me, this soap didn't smell that far off of Angel's Delight, a particular favourite of mine. It possessed the same sugary scent, just without the sweet sherberty element that makes the above soap rather superior to most that Lush have released. For this reason, it pales in comparison to other, stronger-scented soaps. 

Unfortunately, this soap is glycerine-based, which means it's nowhere near as creamy as it could have been, which I think, would have made it so much more appealing. Canadian Maple does lather up fairly easy, and leaves your skin feeling rather soft, but it's not as moisturising as other soaps I've used from Lush recently. 

Despite it being a gentle and soothing product that leaves your skin silky and smelling sweet, I don't feel that this soap is particularly cleansing, and I tend to use it after I've already lathered myself with shower gel - making it a rather pointless product to buy. 

This is in no way a bad soap, and it does it's job fairly well. However, it pales in comparison to most other Lush soaps, and doesn't offer you anything particularly special to make you want to buy it again. I was a little dissappointed that the maple syrup element wasn't more prominent it's fragrance, although this could have been due to it's age. 

I would perhaps be tempted to trial a small fresh piece of this, just to see if age has had anything to do with the lack of scent. However, it's not a product I would rush out to buy again. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera) , Maple Syrup (Acer Saccharum) , Sodium Stearate , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Hydroxide , Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre) , Styrax Resinoid (Liquidambar styraciflua) , Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata) , Sodium Chloride , *Cinnamyl Alcohol , *Linalool , Perfume , Coffee Sugar Crystals.

Vegan?: Yes.


11 comments

  1. Interesting thought. Cut each of your soaps in half with a 1/2 for testing and the other 1/2 as a grand soap tester give away. Just an idea. :)

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    1. Actually - this is pretty much what I have been doing! I've decided to cut off small amounts and then offer the rest as a bonus gift for people I trade with or as surprise extra gift in my competitions :)

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  2. Do a giveaway only with soap and let me win them!!!!!! :-)) haha I love soap and I can never have enough.

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  3. i bought this soap the summer of 2014 and i finally got around to using it and i absolutely hate it. the smell reminds me of a sour, rotten root beer and i literally cannot stand the smell without wanting to yack. im hoping that it was just a bad piece cause i was really hoping that it was going to have the sweet, sappy smell of actual syrup!

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    1. Oh no - it sounds even worse when fresh if that's the case! Perhaps the sourness was gone by the time I got around to trying it! So sorry you had such a negative experience with it!

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  4. Interesting product, never seen it before although I live in Canada. :) It doesn't sound like much, maybe it could have been more interesting with some maple leaves pressed into the top of the soap like with figs and leaves.

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    1. Definitely! This soap looks pretty pretty boring and probably sell very well in a normal shop - it's only Lush that encourage people to have a sniff, which is why they probably sell quite a lot of it!

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  5. You should do a "Tango"
    -brightside
    -comforter
    -imacculate eggception
    -you've been mangoed
    Hope you like it a great one for relaxing but still refreshing!

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  6. I sent you a message and i was just wondering if you had received it?

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  7. Do you think that they will bring this back as a kitchen product as I really want to try it ?!

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    1. I would have thought so at some point - I'd quite like a fresh piece myself :)

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