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29 May 2015

Sea Salted Caramel Soap


Although I don't use soap regularly, I always get rather excited when Lush bring out a new product for me to try. During a recent trip to Oxford Street, I had to make the decision about which of the new soaps I wanted to try my hand at first, and although I purchased almost half of the new ones available, it was this one that I had my heart set on using first.

Sea Salted Caramel Soap is as beautiful as it sounds - a rich, creamy and very decadent toffee-esque aroma that reminds me of caramel sauce and homemade sticky toffee pudding. Described as having a scent 'somewhere between a hot pudding, dripping in caramel, and crunchy cinder toffee', this soap will have you salivating from the moment you remove it from the wrapper.

While I don't think it smells like any of the sea salted caramel that I've tried in the past (vegan and non-vegan), it does offer a very 'foody' fragrance - one that is very similar to both the Yog Nog Soap that made an appearance during the Christmas range last year, and the Yog Nog FUN Bar that was sent out as gesture for the perfume issue in November. 

How the soap differs from the aforementioned products is that it has a far richer and more pronounced fragrance to enjoy. My nose detects a slight element of cinnamon present here - which when combined with the other ingredients, makes this soap smell almost like buttery, toasted hot cross buns. To say it is a gorgeous smell would be an understatement. 

Containing a generous helping of agave syrup, this gorgeous soap will leave you feeling and smelling incredible - while the inclusion of both cocoa butter and coconut oil helps to soften and moisturise the body and give it a lovely natural glow to make your skin look radiant throughout the day. 

Not only does it leave your skin looking and smelling yummy, but Sea Salted Caramel Soap also features a layer of salt near the surface of each chunk. This not only gives the soap a sort of honeycombed appearance but offers a gentle exfoliation that helps to rid the skin of unwanted dirt and debris.   

In the shower, this soap produces a thick, creamy lather that glides over the skin with ease. I chose to massage this between my hands and then smother across my body, and I found that I didn't need to use the bar that long before I had a surplus amount of soapy suds to clean myself with. The effectiveness of the soap meant that this bar lasted me a long time - as long as five weeks, and this was with me using a 100g chunk an average of 1-2 times daily.

The only downside I found with this was that the soap dried my skin out a little bit and I had to apply shower gel on top to moisturise at times. However, I'm beginning to wonder whether this latter problem is down to my skin type as a lot of soaps seem to cause a similar reaction for me, so I wouldn't be put off with this factor. 

Sea Salted Caramel Soap does a great job at cleaning your skin and leaving it feeling soft and well-pampered. It's such a comforting smell and would be perfect for those colder months - when you want something highly decadent to indulge in to warm up those cold body parts. This is one I would buy again - if only to spend hours sniffing it and wishing it was edible!

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Coarse Sea Salt, Rapeseed Oil: Coconut Oil (Brassica napus: Cocos nucifera), Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Organic Agave Nectar (Agave tequilana), Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryopyllus), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Madagascan Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Ttanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Radiant Gold Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides). 

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £4.10 per 100g. 

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 



15 comments

  1. Have you ever found that soaps leave you feeling almost sticky? Like, there's residue on you or something? There are a lot of lush soaps that sound wonderful but I've never found a solid soap that doesn't leave that effect on my skin.

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    1. I've never had this actually! I find a lot of soap leaves my hands feeling really stiff and tight afterwards, but none have ever left me feeling sticky. The only products that come close to that are some of the body conditioners that leave me feeling greasy!

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  2. As a regular reader I feel the need to tell you how awesome this blog is Jen. And to the nasty person who keeps making childish, nasty comments under the 'Anonymous' tag-grow up.

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  3. I think we must have the same skin type. Lots of soap always makes my skin feel tight as well, which is a shame because so many Lush soaps sound amazing!

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    1. try "Honey i washed the kids" or "sultana of soap", the soaps that are mainly glycerin based can dry out skin , but creamy soaps like these two moistorize nicely!

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  4. I think it's a lush soap thing to dry skin out, I've read this so many times and nearly everybody has the same problem ith almost every lush soap...

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    1. Can't agree more,plus they don't lather

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  5. Lush soaps never dry my skin out.. I think it is your skin type

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    1. Same! I don't really use soaps too much,but they never ever dry out my skin :-)

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    2. It must just be my skin type then :( It's a shame because they make some amazing soaps and it's odd that some of them don't!

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  6. I don't know if it's normal with this soap but my chunk "bleeds" brown, caramel-like drops. Maybe I got a damaged batch?

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    1. Yes! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply! I found that it does produce these little spots of dark brown liquid - almost like brown sugar? It's probably all of the lovely ingredients that have gone into making it!

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    2. Soaps, especially glycerine based, tend to 'sweat' in humid environments, it's perfectly normal don't worry :)

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  7. I absolutely adore your blog and I'm almost positive that I've read every review you have up and every lush DIY. And I have the same problem with Lush soaps, my skin is almost NEVER dry or oily. I don't even get acne and I'm 16 but lush soaps ALWAYS dry me out. I've even tried sultana of soap :(

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  8. I'm thinking of melting this soap down (and holy cacao and Ro's Argan) and mixing them with unscented shower gel. I find the soaps dry my skin out too much so hoping by doing this I can use them and smell amazing!

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