18 February 2018

Kiss Me Quick Washcard

Nowadays, Lush are keen to bring out as many different scented wash cards as they can possibly get away with. Easy to make and inventive at the same time, these first made an appearance at Oxford Street for their opening day, and have since been featured in nearly all of the seasonal ranges since then.

Working in the same way as soap does, these little cards are to be used in the shower - foaming up to create a lather that cleans your skin and leaves you smelling wonderful. While they act like a soap, the ingredients act more like a shower gel, so these cards are far less drying and much more appealing to me.

Kiss Me Quick was the name of the 29 High Street-scented wash card that came out during last year's Valentine's Day range. This year the name has remained the same but the design and the fragrance is different. While last year's definitely smelt better in my mind, this year's is still lovely, and the new design is far better this time around. 

Containing clove, mimosa and tonka, Kiss Me Quick is surprisingly a rather subtle smelling product. While you might expect the clove to be domineering here, you'll instead find a gentle and mildly spicy note that is really warming when used in the shower. Alongside this, the mimosa adds a delicate floral note while the vanilla absolute sweetens all three components and merges them altogether. 

While I would have liked the scent of this to be a little stronger, as I found that it didn't stick around on my skin afterwards at all, I did appreciate the gentle sweet nature of the fragrance, and how it strengthened when in contact with the heat of the water.

So why bother investing in a wash card to begin with?

Firstly, the size of this card means that this will slip easily into a purse or a side pocket of a bag/suitcase - making it a great travelling companion that wont weigh you down. Due to their format not allowing for any sort of spillages whatsoever, this solid rendition of a shower gel also guarantees to be leakage-free, and suitable to take on board a plane as part of your hand luggage.

Secondly, the lack of any active moisture means that the sheets are preservative free, which means that they should have a much longer shelf life, and are also able to be utilised much further when it finally does come into contact with water. Furthermore, they don't contribute to package waste in the slightest, making it far more environmentally friendly than their other shower counterparts. 

So in a sense, I do actually recognise their true worth as a product, and can honestly see the merit of using them in replacement of other liquid alternatives. However, I'm still not convinced that these could or will ever be able to rival the jelly and gel variations that Lush already do so well.

What is different about this wash card, when compared to previous renditions, is the fact that the base ingredient featured here is fresh apple pulp as opposed to melon. Known to contain antioxidants and vitamins that both nourish and refresh the skin, apples are naturally full of malic acid, which gently removes any dead skin build that may be causing your skin to appear dull and uneven, and adds radiance almost immediately.

Kiss Me Quick is again another novelty product for this year's Valentine's Day range, but that's not to say that it doesn't have its merits. Despite its size, it does produce a thick, creamy and very generous lather, so you need a very small piece if you wish to conserve it for as long as possible. Secondly, the wash card is rather moisturising on the skin as well, which is always a bonus for me.

Overall, this is not a product I feel like raving about or one I feel the need to stock up on. However, it was lovely to try something different than the naked shower creams I've been inundated with, and the scent was enjoyable while it lasted. A cute little release for fans to indulge in during the season of love.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Apple Pulp, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Sodium polyacrylate, Clove Bud Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Tonka Absolute, DRF Alcohol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Cinnamyl, Alcohol, Coumarin, Colour 73360, Colour 77499.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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