You can imagine my distain and slight annoyance then when I discovered just how many new soaps Lush would be bringing out as part of their Oxford Street store experience. While a part of me argued that I should ignore the soap counter and pretend like it didn't exist, my compulsive nature and dedication to 'all things Lush' meant that I was unable to do this.
Luckily, my first experience with one of the new soaps was with Respect Your Elders - a stunning deep purple soap that pertains a smell that will make you want to salivate excessively. With elderberries, bergamot oil and buchu oil making up the most part of this scent, this is a brand new fragrance worth getting excited about.
What I love about this product is that it smells like nothing else that Lush have ever brought out before. The inclusion of elderberries - an ingredient that Lush rarely use in any of their products, gives this soap a wonderfully sweet and slightly subtle floral smell. Yet the most dominant part of the fragrance is definitely the fruity element.
It reminds me of two things; purple grape juice but without the sour element to it; and ripe blackberries that have been reduced to a pulp and sprinkled with sugar. It has a very 'berry-eque aroma to it, yet at the same time it does remind me of being outdoors in the summer - the sun on my face, the cocktails in full swing and the fragrance of fresh flowers heavy in the wind. It's absolutely gorgeous.
While the scent isn't strictly blackcurrant, it does remind me a little of Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly and fans of The Comforter will probably appreciate the fruity element of this product. Although I've not had these in a good ten years, the smell is also reminiscent of what I remember blackcurrant Jolly Ranchers to smell like.
To add to its allure, the soap lathers up with ease - producing a thick, creamy and very fragrant aroma that leaves your skin feeling clean and smelling beautiful. Although my skin didn't feel as nourished as it does with most of Lush's shower gels, it did feel really smooth and maintained the fragrance of the soap for a good few hours after I had left the shower.
While the soap does feel a little soft under the thumb, it's sturdy enough that a 100g piece should last you a good month with daily usage, making it good value for money. It's consistency reminds me a little of Demon In The Dark Soap and much like this aforementioned favourite, the soap seems to leave your skin looking slightly polished, without seeming greasy.
Despite the dark nature of the design, Respect Your Elders Soap is actually very light and gentle on the senses. I expected something quite heavy and overly floral, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this was not the case at all. While I will definitely be buying this soap again,
Quantitative Ingredients: Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; cocoa nucifera), Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Elderflower Infusion (Sambucus nigra), Sorbitol, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Elderberries (Sambucus nigra), Sodium Chloride, Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carteri), EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salycilate, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 142090.
2015 Price: £3.40 per 100g.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.
Scent Family:Respect Your Elders Soap
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