As a teacher, you collect and recycle certain aspects of your practice each and every time you begin the year with a new class. Some of this is just a natural progression of who you are as a person, so you don't even realise you're doing it until you have time to reflect on it later. However, some of your daily routines are forged from watching the professionals around you, as well as the children themselves and the class dynamics.
One of the rules I've always enforced, which stems right back to when I was first training to be a teacher, is that the children are never allowed to use the word 'nice' in any description of theirs; I find myself echoing the sentiment that 'there is always a better way of saying nice' countless times throughout my lessons. Pleasant, enjoyable, charming perhaps. Just never nice.
Having said this, I found myself breaking my own rules recently, when I experienced Santa's Post Box Soap for the first time. When asked what I thought about the seasonal product, the initial word to tumble from out of my mouth was the word nice. Needless to say, I didn't earn any house points for my descriptive language that day.
Sharing its scent with the Satsuma Bath Bomb, not to mention both Satsumo and Dashing Santa as well, this seasonal soap is the first non ballistic to be released in this fragrance. Paying homage to the colourful parcels that are sent out each and every year during the Christmas holidays, this seasonal special is for those who want something sweet and delicious, but equally something that isn't as overwhelmingly potent on the senses as a lot of the winter collection.
Containing orange flower absolute, bergamot and Sicilian mandarin oils, this soap is like a gentle fruity kiss. All three of these components combine to form a beautiful, warming aroma that is very natural on the senses, albeit slightly soapy. However, it is the inclusion of the satsuma juice that has the biggest impact when this product comes into contact with warm water. Together, these four ingredients mimic the smell of a freshly-peeled satsuma, just without the tartness that comes from the pith and the skin of the fruit.
Unfortunately, despite how wonderful the smell of Santa's Postbox is, I was a little underwhelmed with how weak the smell was against my nose. While I recognise that my statement about why Lush have chosen to release something a little gentler-smelling, may be a little contradictory to what I'm about to say. However, as someone who prefers the stronger smelling products, I wasn't overly impressed by how little the fragrance was present with me before and during my showers. I didn't feel as if the aroma of this was elevated all that much by the hot steam, and I was slightly frustrated by its lack of presence when being used.
In its defence, the soap was fairly generous when in use, and with a gentle coax would produce a thick, oily lather to clean yourself with. As far as soaps go, this was also pretty moisturising when compared to others - I found that when I used it on my hands, my skin was left looking vibrant and almost shiny, as if the inclusion of the various oils had replenished my skin and nourished the pores. Furthermore, having used it daily across a matter of weeks, I found that the size of my block didn't diminish all that much, so a 100g piece would last a fair while
For someone who isn't particularly keen on strong, citrusy soaps, this might be an option for them. Consumers who also prefer the 'quieter' smelling products might appreciate how gentle this is on the senses. However, I found myself fighting to smell something that just wasn't all that present, and it wouldn't be a soap I would purchase in a hurry.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Fresh Satsuma Juice, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Bergamot Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium, Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45350.
2016 Price: £3.25 for 100g.
Year Of Original Release: 2016.