Since I went vegan, I have slowly moved away from drinking alcohol and I can probably count the number of times I've consumed an alcoholic beverage since then on a single hand. I have never particularly enjoyed the taste and I've had far too many negative experiences to claim it has done me any good. So when Lush bring out a product based on or containing alcohol, I'm never normally that thrilled about trying it.
Mr Punch was one of the first soaps that I ever brought from Lush and it wasn't until I was cleaning out my soap drawer recently, that I discovered I had amassed quite a stash of this seasonal favourite. First released for the 2012 Christmas range, this soap claims to be the cosmetic equivalent of a Mexican punch bowl.
What first attracted me to this product was the inclusion of blackcurrant absolute in the ingredients list. Blackcurrant is my all-time favourite scent, and knowing how amazing The Comforter is, I was hoping this soap would offer me something new and slightly different to this. That it does.
There is a clear blackcurrant scent intertwined throughout the fragrance of this soap but it doesn't have the same sweetness that it projects in The Comforter. Instead it mixes with the lime oil, gin and juniper berries and gives off a far more complex and slightly more mature aroma. It's quite difficult to pick out a single smell from this soap as they all combine really well. However, you can still appreciate the main scents that have gone into making this product and you'd definitely describe this soap as being heavily fruity.
What is strange about this product - something I have spoken about with other Lush fans and read about in other reviews, is that this soap changes slightly when you begin to use it in the shower. I found that Mr Punch gives off an almost sweet-floral and slightly musky scent when in contact with the water. I think it is the inclusion of both the coconut oil and the generous helping of juniper berries that come through when the soap is combined with the heat of the water. It's still a rather pleasant smell but not as nice as it's initial aroma.
In the shower, Mr Punch does need a little coaxing to produce a good helping of lather but that's not to say that the soap doesn't work wonders in other ways. The foam it does produce is super soft and really helps to make your skin radiant and smooth. Lush have added gin to help tone your skin and I could really feel the difference it made on my body - I could feel that tightness on my face, arms and legs, but not the same feeling you get when a product dries your skin out.
A 100g block lasted me a good couple of months as it didn't shrink much during use, even though I had to keep it under the water for a while to produce the lather. The soap also leaves a light scent on your skin, although it doesn't stay around for long so you'll need to top this up with a body lotion or perfume afterwards. Speaking of body lotions - I can imagine the fragrance of this soap would work wonderfully in this format and I'd love to see Lush bring this out in the near future.
What is great about Mr Punch is that it's scent is versatile and it can be used at any point in the year - it's a great 'pick me up' in the winter but it's fruity goodness also compliments the warmer weather. While it may not be my favourite soap, it is one I will buy every Christmas and use in those moments when I need something a little fruity to perk me up.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Gin, Juniperberries - dried, Juniperberry Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Lime Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etridronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 15510, Colour 42090.
Year Of Original Release: 2012.
Mr Punch Soap
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