27 August 2014

Milko Soap

As I delve down further into my over-crowded soap drawer, I am beginning to find an array of colourless chunks of soap that have been pushed aside for the more visually pleasing variants. Despite knowing not to judge a product by it's cover, it seems I am not heeding my own advice - which is ironic given that Snowcake is one of my all-time favourite Lush products. 

On first sniff, Milko did remind me a little of the above soap and I wasn't at all surprised to see that benzoin was featured in it's ingredients list. Described as a gentle and comforting soap, this product is comprised of orange and lemon and gives off a sweet, creamy, balsamic aroma. 

Lush describe it's scent as 'orange and lemon ice cream with Chantilly cream on top', and while it's not as richly decadent as I was expecting, it does match this description pretty well. Intertwined with the benzoin gum, I can detect both of the fruits - yet together they give off a smell that's nothing like the typical citrus fragrance you would expect.  

Milko contains both coconut and rapeseed oil as well as soya milk, which experience has taught me makes for a highly creamy and rather moisturising base. In the shower, it's not the easiest of soaps to lather up, but it does product a thick and rather nourishing lather that coats the outside of your skin and leaves it feeling silky smooth. Lush use soya milk as it is full of proteins and minerals and helps to keep your skin tissue healthy, while the orange oil revives and tones the skin.

Unlike a lot of Lush soaps, this one doesn't dry out my skin and instead gives it a slight sheen, which adds radiance to your body. The wonderful aroma intensifies when in contact with the hot water, and the beautiful scent pervades the bathroom and lasts on the skin for many hours after use. 

A final positive about this product is it's shelf life. The block is one of Lush's more solid soaps and this helps it to withstand a lot of use. My 100g block lasted a little over two months - this is with me using it once or twice daily. For this reason, you can expect to share the shower with this product for quite a while. 

Overall, I really like this soap and it's one I would buy again. Despite it's name, this soap is definitely on the sweeter side and would work equally well as a shower gel. Unfortunately, the soap is no longer available at Lush Online, but I would hedge my bets that it will make a reappearance at some point.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Soya Milk (Glycine soja), Sodium Palm Kernelate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Styrax Resinoid (Storax), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £4.10 for 100g.

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