There are many things that I love about Lush - too many to go through in a single blog post anyway. One of my favourite parts about following and supporting this company, is that it has helped me to learn various aspects about myself that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise. One of these things is my attraction to certain scents.
Before I began shopping at Lush, I would have said that anything sweet or citrus-oriented would be my 'port of call'. Anything outside of this would have been frowned upon - I would never in a million years have made the move to try products such as Twilight or Rose Jam, for example. How silly is that?
Gratuitous Violets Soap is one product that I never would have imagined me liking - let alone loving as much as I do. First released over 8 years ago, this soap is jammed-packed with violet leaf absolute, which means you're definitely going to need to love the smell of violets to appreciate this product.
Presented as a pale mauve chunk, this soap won't necessarily grab your eye as quickly as some of the more interesting looking soaps. However, you only have to stand near a piece to register the gorgeously rich and sensual smell of violets. It's one of the strongest soaps I've yet to try from Lush.
A great characteristic about this soap, which can sometimes be detrimental to other products, is that it doesn't compromise on the violet aroma. There are no other layers of fragrance that share the limelight with this ingredient - it's violets, through and through. So if you love products such as Bathos or Violet Nights, this will be right up your alley.
Gratuitous allows the violet scent to shine through - giving fans a naturally sweet but equally floral smell. This aroma is soothing and relaxing and will leave it's beautiful fragrance on your skin for hours after your shower.
Although sweet violet leaf infusion is the key ingredient here, the soap also contains rapeseed, coconut, cananga and cedarwood oil - all of which help to make this soap highly moisturising and wonderfully gentle on the skin. It is so mild in fact, that I have used this on my face and have not needed to apply my usual moisturiser afterwards.
In the shower it lathers up easily, producing a creamy, silky foam that glides over your body with ease. You don't need much to clean your body so you only need to use the soap for a matter of seconds before placing it back in the soap dish. Gratuitous Violets is also a very long-lasting soap - a 100g block will last a good couple of months with daily usage.
This soap left me feeling moisturised, clean and smelling beautiful. The scent was so strong afterwards that I didn't need to apply any perfume and I received multiple compliments throughout the day regarding it's smell.
While it is one of the more expensive soaps from Lush (no doubt due to the amount of violet leaf absolute present), it is good value for money and I highly suggest that Lush fans stock up if it becomes available. I know I will do.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sweet Violet Leaf Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Cananga Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute), Cedarwood Oil, Sodium Chloride, Glycerine, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Isoeugenol, Colour 18050, Colour 61585.