4 May 2018

Moustachio Soap

It seems as if Lush have soaps coming out of every one of their crevices right now, which isn't exactly an exciting prospect for me. As a self-proclaimed lover of shower gels, soaps just simply do nothing for me - even if they do offer some of the greatest scents that Lush have ever created.

When Moustachio first made itself known, I groaned a little at the prospect of having to choose between three colours: it's hard work having to select which products to buy when you have very little money but your heart wants to picture all three of the designs for your reviews. However, given its name I didn't really feel like I had much of choice between the three. 

Sharing its scent with the Dirty Springwash range, this is definitely a fragrance for those who prefer the slightly more masculine aromas, which makes it very fitting for Father's Day. My only grouch about the release of this is that it wasn't so long ago that Dirty Soap was a regular feature in stores, so it didn't excite me all that much to see it there again. Furthermore, the fact that you can buy the shower gel at any time of the year meant that this limited edition wasn't a product that inspired me to rush out and buy it straight away.

While it is a fun, quirky design for people to buy their loved ones, regular Lush fans would probably have refrained from purchasing any because it doesn't really offer anything new aside from a a charcoal moustache - especially as a naked shower gel was also released to coincide with the Father's Day range as well.

For those unfamiliar with the scent, this mint-dominated soap is both refreshing and surprisingly light. The strong thread of spearmint reminds me of freshly brushed teeth, while the menthol crystals adds an extra layer to the aroma that is rather cooling, especially during the hotter months of the year. Unlike Christingle, I didn't feel the effects of the menthol crystals on my skin at all - it was just within the aroma that I felt it had an impact.

Alongside the mint, there is also a gentle herbal note from the thyme oil. This adds a slightly astringent note to the soap, which although doesn't offer the same level of fragrance as the spearmint, does make the smell of this different from the typical mint-smelling cosmetics you find in other stores. You can tell that the thyme is present, but it's not overbearing.

What does set Moustachio apart from the original soap, and indeed the shower gels, is that the black design on top is made out of charcoal. As you begin to use the soap, small grains of charcoal will appear and add a gentle exfoliation while you're massaging the bar across your skin. As the black design features throughout the entire piece of soap, this scrub-like effect will work up until the soap is too small to even hold in your hand. It's also worth noting that although charcoal can cause a mess because of how dark it is, I didn't find that soap stained myself or my bathroom at all, and it dries quick enough so that you wont have any stains left behind afterwards.

Unfortunately, I did find that this limited edition soap did shrink far quicker than I would have liked, and with daily use I can see this lasting under six weeks. While I don't expect many of my soaps to surpass the two month mark, this one definitely gave me less uses than other regular variations. The new palm oil free base has definitely got something to do with this.

Having said that, Moustachio did leave a gentle scent on my skin for a good hour after my showers, and if I was inclined to have a hand soap in my house, I would say this is a great choice to have as your skin does feel really really clean after use.

While my skin wasn't as parched as some soaps can leave it, I did need to moisturise after using this soap, and I didn't find that my skin felt or looked as radiant as I find some soaps can offer me. For this reason, I ended up using this in the bath as opposed to the shower so that I could retain the moisture in my skin whilst using this. 

Overall, this is not as long-lasting as its original sibling, and the scent isn't exciting enough for me to want to buy it again. As a novelty for those who enjoy the scent, I'm sure this went down really well. But as a regular product, this is not something I'm particularly interested in purchasing again.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Mint Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water (Aqua), Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Powdered Charcoal, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 45350.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 for 120g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Dirty Body Spray
Dirty Massage Bar
Dirty Soap
Dirty Solid Perfume
Dirty Springwash Naked Shower Gel
Dirty Springwash Shower Gel
Dirty Toothy Tabs
Moustachio Soap

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