Inspired by the journey of the Owl and the Pussy Cat, this soap - straight from the vault, is a marvel to look at. Sporting a kaffir lime leaf and a sprinkle of marigold flower petals on top, this translucent green chunk is supposed to mimic that of a pond, although thankfully it doesn't smell like this at all.
Released back in 1998, Beautiful Pea Green Soap is a product that you wouldn't necessarily make a bee-line for straight away, but one that wins over your heart's affections - a unique and very refreshing aroma unlike any other that I have tried from Lush before.
From the ingredients list, the sandalwood and tangerine oil might convince you that this is a fruity soap - a statement that is not only incorrect, but one that doesn't do this soap justice at all, even if you were to focus on the fact that the product does have a few subtle citrusy elements to boast about.
Sporting perhaps one of the mildest fragrances I have ever come across, I cannot imagine anyone taking a particular dislike to the smell. Even if you detest all of the ingredients featured here, they are so mild and inoffensive that it would be hard for you to truly pinpoint a reason for hating the soap because of its fragrance.
To me, Beautiful Pea Green Soap has a very intense green aroma - one that replicates the scent of wet shrubbery on the side of a lake, or the smell of drying grass on a hot summer's day. It's a very refreshing, crisp smell with a sort of incensey element to it that comes from the inclusion of the Benzoin and the sandalwood. In the background there is a faint hint of tangerine, but it's very subtle and only heightens the deep green fragrance that makes up the main body of scent.
Unlike a lot of products, this soap doesn't tend to get any stronger when it comes into contact with the hot water, and I actually had to bring my nose right up close to the lather on my skin to get any sort of smell during my shower. As to be expected, this meant that the smell doesn't linger on your skin for very long, or if it does, it's too faint for you to detect it.
Furthermore, this soap wasn't the easiest soap to lather up - producing quite a small amount of foam when massaged across the skin. I found it far more conducive to stimulate the lather between my hands and then apply this to my skin, although this did make my hands extremely dry after a while.
While the lather was rather thick and deliciously creamy, and it did leave my skin feeling clean and clear after application, I wasn't overly impressed with the results I managed to yield from using this product. For this reason, Beautiful Pea Green Soap would not be a soap that I would buy again. Although it is not offensive in any way, it doesn't leave much of an impression either, and there are far more interesting shower products that I could be using instead.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Fresh Spinach, Sandalwood Oil, Tangerine Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Marigold Flower.
2015 Price: £4.20 for 100g.
2016 Price: £4.20 for 100g.
Year Of Original Release: 1998.