30 June 2018

Sultana Shower Gel

As I stated in my recent 'first reactions' video, Sultana Of Soap was a product I used during the beginning of my journey into the world of Lush. However, with so many products to try and review, it was quickly forgotten in favour of the many new items that were coming out on a weekly basis in the Lush Kitchen. A couple of years ago, when I had finally caught up and was able to go back to products I hadn't used in years, I rediscovered the Sultana scent all over again and fell in love.

Sharing its scent with last year's discontinued Blackberry Bath Bomb, Sultana Shower Gel is as exquisite as it is beautiful. There is something about this smell that tantalises my taste buds every time, and the soap will always make me salivate a little when I go into stores. There is something so rich and sultry about this aroma that makes this fragrance stand out from all of the other fruity scents that Lush have showcased over the years.

Much like the soap, this limited edition shower gel features a combination of apricots, cranberries and sultanas, with a big helping of olibanum to give the smell a depth like no other shower gel on the planet. While it is called Sultana, it is the latter ingredient that makes the biggest presence. The olibanum is what gives this scent its almost sickly-sweet properties - offering sticky, almost honey-like notes that give this shower gel both depth and warmth. While olibanum is known for having woody notes as well, these sit more underneath everything else featured here - so while you can detect them, they're not as present as the other ingredients. 

The apricot, cranberry and currant infusions work alongside the olibanum and give Sultana an even stronger burst of sweetness. Much like many dried fruits I have tried, these three each bring their own burst of matured richness that you just don't get from fresh fruit. I would describe the scent of these three as being almost dry and slightly syrup-like, and there's an air of sophistication about the combination that makes this smell almost slightly old-fashioned.

Much like Avocado WashSultana is very thin in consistency, which has its merits as explained below. It is also prone to separation a little: you'll notice that the top of the bottle will harvest a layer of oil that needs to be shaken before the gel can be used.

In the shower, you don't need to use much of this gel at all to create a light, fluffy and very fragrant lather. Because the consistency is rather watery, you need to be careful when squirting this from the bottle because you'll probably end up with a lot more than you actually need to use. A tiny, pea-sized amount will easily wash half of your body and more, which means that this shower gel would could last far longer than other gels of the same size.

As soon as Sultana met with the heat of the running water, the fragrance multiplied tenfold and the whole bathroom was engulfed with its beautiful scent. This lingered around for a short while after I had towelled myself down, and I found that I could still detect this on my skin for a good couple of hours as well. It is now when this could have been the perfect opportunity to indulge myself i the Sultana Body Lotion to top up and prolong the smell even longer. Just saying.

While I didn't find this shower gel to be as moisturising as Avocado Wash, it did leave my skin feeling really smooth and radiant. The lather was easy to massage across my skin, including my face, and I felt almost as if I was glowing afterwards - which was a lovely feeling.

For those who are still upset by the discontinuation of Blackberry Bath Bomb, this is the perfect way to rekindle your love for the scent in a different format. Although I still wish that this shower gel was the pastel purple colour that the bath bomb came as, I cannot fault how well Lush have replicated the scent in this format, and I hope many more products come out with the same fragrance at some point in the near future.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Apricot Infusion, Currant infusion, Cranberry Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £11.95 for 275g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Bewitched Bubble Bar
Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner
Sultana Of Soap Soap

28 June 2018

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

So let's be honest: this shower gel was never going to get a low rating from me - even if it sprouted wings and ran away with my grandma. The fact that it even has the word avocado in the title already merits it a four out six, and that's before I've even sniffed it, or seen if it actually works. Objectivity at its best, wouldn't you say?

Avocado Cowash was the first product from the opening of Lush Oxford Street that quite literally blew my socks off in every single  way. With so much to review in those opening days, I remember rummaging through my multiple bags, picking out the items that stood out to me the most, based on their scent alone. I remember when I pulled this brand new solid hair product from my hoard, time quite literally stood still. 

Not surprisingly, it was the fragrance of this product that initially made me fall head over heels in love, so the idea of a shower gel with the same scent is something I'm having a hard time trying to get over right about now. If you're looking for someone with a flair for the dramatic, you should refer to the way I've just described this shower gel and head in my direction. 

Avocado Wash is one of three brand new shower gels that were released a week ago in the Lush Kitchen. Sporting a bright and beautiful shade of spring green, this limited edition looks like a summer cocktail in a bottle, and smells like one too. With bergamot, litsea and olibanum oils combining together to produce its smell, this shower gel smells like a slice of fresh lime cheesecake, with an extra helping of sunshine to boot.

The litsea oil is what gives this shower gel its wonderfully sweet and fruity aroma, while the olibanum adds a note of gentle woodiness that helps to ground the overall smell, as well as adding an extra kick of richness that you don't often find when it comes to Lush's citrusy aromas. If there was one shower gel that I would be tempted to drink, this one would certainly be it.

Compared to the cowash, this shower gel is mildly stronger in scent, without losing any of its beauty. In fact, I find that the fruity element is slightly brighter and more uplifting in this format, which makes Avocado Wash far more appealing than its older sibling. Some Lush fans have claimed that they find this release to smell almost synthetic because of the heightened smell. However, I cannot say that this is something I have experienced at all. 

As with both of the other limited edition shower gels released last week, the consistency of this one is fairly runny. From the bottle, it almost looks on par with water. However, when it's squeezed out of the bottle it does appear slightly thicker, but not far off the likes of Black Pearl or Ghost. However, this works to its advantage because I find that I need to use very little with each shower: a fact that's going to prolong the life of my bottle for a good few months.

There is something about the composition of Avocado Wash that means this shower gel tends to separate on a daily basis. You may find some of the oils will rise to the top of the bottle overnight, and you will need to give it a shake if you want to get a good consistency when cleaning yourself. Despite this, the shower gel works perfectly in every other way.     

Not only does it produce a thick, fragrant foam that coats the skin and leaves it feeling super soft and clean, but the scent lingers on the skin for a good couple of hours afterwards. While this makes me pine after the thought of a liquid perfume with this fragrance, it does mean I can enjoy the wonderful smell while I travel to work in the mornings. The crisp, clean, fruity smell helps to uplift my mood first thing; wake me up enough so that I can face the day ahead; and allows me to feel relaxed and clear-headed to come up against any challenges.

Furthermore, the inclusion of the olibanum oils and the avocado oils mean that this shower gel is also fairly moisturising on the skin. After sitting in an unpleasant, non-Lush, bath yesterday, Avocado Wash helped to nourish my skin, that was clearly not enjoying the lack of moisture in the products I had used. This shower gel came to the rescue and remedied what could have been an awful experience. 

Overall, this shower gel is exactly what fans of this scent want. Not only does it produce the fragrance we all know and love, but it cleans the skin, leaves it looking and feeling toned, and offers up a smell that will wrap itself around you for a while after towelling yourself down. My one bottle will be very much loved until the last drop has been smeared all over me, and I can imagine it will only be a matter of time before other products appear in this aroma. A bath bomb with this fragrance would be to die for.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fresh Avocado, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £11.95 for 275g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Avocado Cowash Body Spray
Avocado Cowash
Avocado No Wash Body Lotion
Avocado Wash Shower Gel
Don't Touch My Hair Hair Marshmallow
Melusine Bath Bomb
Minamisoma Shower Oil

12 June 2018

Saucy Snowcake Soap

Snowcake has a seasonal ticket that sees its return near on every Christmas time. While other products come and go, there is something about this soap that draws the crowds back each and every year. Yet bored of the design it has sported every year, Lush have spent the last two years releasing it in a new guise, unfortunately to little praise.

Renamed Saucy Snowcake for the 2017 range, this most recent rendition was cleverly crafted to look like a rather yummy dessert, with three distinct layers that being something different to the soap. A crunchy bottom layer is made from ground cashew nuts, to exfoliate your skin gently while you’re lathering it across your skin; a middle layer of creamy goodness is what creates the thick, fragrant foam that you use to clean yourself with; and a fruity top layer containing fresh cranberries to cleanse your pores and give your winter-kissed skin an all important burst of antioxidants.

It didn’t take me very long to recognise that this version does smell different from older renditions. Snowcake is known for its warm and very creamy almond aroma, laced with a sweet layer of benzoin resinoid to add extra richness and depth. While Saucy Snowcake has all of these traits as well, there is definitely an extra level of fruitiness that sets it apart from its older siblings. The cranberries give the soap a delicate, refreshing and slightly tart twist that sets it apart from the rest, and perhaps takes away a little of the thickness of the original scent. I can understand why avid fans of the soap may be a little disappointed with this change, as it is noticeable and does change the dynamics of the fragrance.

2017 also saw Lush update their soap formulas so that all of the seasonal range possessed their new gourmet bases. Saucy Snowcake had a combination of soya milk and a clove infusion as part of its base, so as expected it produced a much creamier and noticeably thicker lather in the shower. This new formula is also supposed to be more moisturising on the skin, and I did notice that my hands didn’t feel as dry after using this in the shower. While it is still not as nourishing as a Shower Gel or jelly, it did leave my skin feeling smooth and soft, and there was a radiance that I put down to the inclusion of the cranberries.

After using this in the shower, I found that the scent was potent enough to linger around for a while, and I could still smell it on my skin a couple of hours later, which was lovely. The inclusion of the cashew nuts for exfoliation was definitely an added bonus for me, and I could feel the difference this made to my skin as well.

Disappointingly, I found that the life span of this soap has definitely been shortened since the formula change. Normally I would expect a 100g piece to remain in my shower for a good couple of months, with daily use. However, I found that my piece didn’t last any longer than 6 weeks, which makes it more expensive then one of Lush’s naked shower gels.

Overall, I like this rendition quite a lot and I don’t think the added layer of cranberries took away from the exquisite fragrance that Snowcake lovers love and cherish. However, I wasn’t blown away enough to want to invest in another piece. I’m definitely interested in seeing how this soap is redesigned for the up-and-coming 2018 Christmas range.

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.50 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:

10 June 2018

Great Bear Bath Bomb

By now you must know my thoughts on all of Lush’s campaign products: I simply cannot get enough of these one-off releases. While they can sometimes cause me to feel a little anxious if they’re not sold in my country, I have yet to miss one due to the generosity of the Lush community. This is why I ended up with almost twenty Great Bears, after North America offered this as part of their huge ‘Ban The Trophy Hunt’ campaign.

What is great about this bath bomb is that 100% of the profit were donated to Lush’s Grizzy Grants Fund, which is one of the ways that the company are doing their bit to protect and fund the ban on hunting bears across the whole of North America. One way in which they’re hoping to make an impact is through a documentary that they’re currently making - a venture that I hope sees the light of day soon.

Sharing its scent with Guardians Of The Forest, this bath bomb doesn’t offer an experience anywhere near as colourful or as interesting as its older sibling. However, the knowledge that the profits from this bomb have gone to such a good cause, is enough to make me appreciate sharing the tub with this wonderful limited edition.

What Great Bear does offer is a strong scent that fills your entire bathroom and lingers on your skin for a long time post bath. Containing rosewood and cypress oils, the fragrance is very much an acquired taste - one that I would describe as being very green and earthy. If you dislike potent smells, you may wish to avoid this one like the plague.

Cypress oil is known for its warm evergreen scent, which is definitely one of the key notes present here; oakmoss on the other hand has more of a herbaceous and rather mossy aroma and this is also distinctive in the overall smell of this product. Both of these ingredients work really well together - creating a gentle but very defined smell that reminds me a little of forest-dwelling plants on a warm, spring day. 

The addition of rosewood, which adds a subtle spicy, woody smell to the mix, makes the scent of this bath bomb one of many layers. In the packet, I could detect the dry but slightly sweet oakmoss aroma. However, once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, the cypress oil and rosewood came forward more and created a fragrance that reminded me very much of green tea. 

What sets this apart from its green counterpart is that is contains baking soda - a component that causes this bath bomb to foam up quite dramatically when it hits the water. Although the white design already tells you that your bath will lack any sort of colour, I really liked how relaxed I felt when I was able to submerge myself under the water and watch the bath bomb float across the surface, expelling clouds of froth as it went.

Once it had fully dissolved, I could feel how soft the water had become and I enjoyed how smooth my skin felt, even before I had used any products. As I mentioned above, I also appreciated the gentle earthy smell that stayed with me after I had towelled myself down, and this is one bath bomb that you can rely on to NOT leave any mess in the tub afterwards. Glitter haters will no doubt be rejoicing!

Although this wouldn’t be popular as a regular release - the design speaks for itself, as a limited edition campaign product, this is definitely one I would buy again if I could. While the cause is strictly about North America, it would have been nice of Lush to expand the release of this worldwide, as I can imagine they would have raised a lot more for such an important cause.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Oak Moss Absolute (Evernia Prunastri), Cream Of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price?: $6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family: 

9 June 2018

Revelations Bath Oil

When I attended the Lush Summit event back in February, I was primarily there to grab as many of the new and exclusive products as I possibly could. While the company’s ethics and partnerships are of course really important for me, as a blogger who reviews every release, I feel it is my duty to secure as many new products as I can - so that others can get a good idea of what something is like before they invest their money. 

As I was only able to attend the first day of the two, it was incredibly frustrating when I discovered that two new bath melts had made themselves known after I had left, and there was no way I could get back there to pick any up. Luckily, a kind friend secured a few of each for me and I was happy to gain some more exclusives to try and review. 

A few months later, both of the Bath oils (Revelations and Magnificent) along with a third called Polyamorous, appeared online. Along with the new reformulated bath oils and melts from Oxford Street, and a brand new recycled box to store them in, these three new exclusives then branched out across all stores, making Lush fans across the globe very happy indeed. 

Surprisingly, when these new beauties arrived by post, I discovered that Revelations now sported a new fragrance - different from the one I had acquired from the Summit event, which originally had the Potion fragrance. However, this one is equally as nice and I happen to think that it suits the design of the Bath oil more than the initial smell did.

Thankfully, what stayed the same was the beautiful and very clever design. Modelled on a British brand of chocolates called Quality Street, this bath oil is the cosmetic equivalent of (my pre-vegan favourite) the green triangle. Revelations is a gorgeous emerald green in colour, and is made up of two pieces sandwiched together with some skin-essential shea butter. While the original chocolate is not made this way, the outer design of the Bath Melt does remind me of the classic foil wrapping that covers it, and the tag line ‘quality treat’ tells me that these two ideas are linked. 

Sharing its scent with the brand new Berry Berry Christmas fragrance, Revelations primarily features orange and bergamot, which together produce a refreshing and rather fruity aroma. The bergamot is definitely in full force here, as I get quite a crisp, green element to the smell, and the inclusion of the olive leaf infusion builds upon that more. This latter ingredient also adds a delicate woody element to the scent, which grounds the citrusy notes and helps to make this a very wintery smell. There is something rather cold about the aroma which makes it very fitting for this time of year.

Alongside the essential oils, Revelations also features a combination of cocoa and shea butters, and coconut oil - all three of which not only create a Bath melt that is sure to effectively moisturise your skin in the tub, but one that will soothe weathered bodies and leave them feeling supple and soft. 

In the water, this bath melt unfortunately doesn’t float on the surface of the water, although it sends out swirls of emerald-green oils across the water if you hold it. As with most of Lush’s oils and melts, it doesn’t provide a particularly interesting show to watch, but that is why I would usually pair one of these with a bath bomb. Revelations takes a good five to ten minutes to fully dissolve and you’re left with a wonderful green bath - speckled with silver lustre to add a little extra sparkle. 

Furthermore, unlike some of Lush’s other oils, this one doesn’t leave any trails of oils on the surface, so you don’t have to worry about getting greasy marks across your skin. You also don’t need to worry about the lustre, as I didn’t have any on my skin once I had towelled myself down.

Despite this, Revelations stilled performed wonderfully in the water. Not only can you still detect the fragrance throughout the whole experience - even if you add a Bath Bomb in as well - but the water leaves your skin velvety-smooth within a matter of minutes of being in the tub. 

Ultimately, I was rather impressed with how much impact such a tiny product can make. My skin felt super soft; the fragrance lasted throughout the bath and then lingered gently on my skin afterwards; and it offered a refreshing but equally comforting experience in the tub. While a fairly new aroma, I can imagine many more products coming out in this scent in the near future, and I’m all for it.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter,  Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream of Tartar, Organic Shea Butter, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, *Limonene, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Citral, Oak Moss Extract, *Farnesol, *Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £2.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Berry Berry Christmas Naked Shower Gel
Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel

Revelations Bath Oil

8 June 2018

Fox Bath Bomb

What is not to love about a bath bomb shaped like an adorable creature? Especially one that is also raising money and awareness for a great cause. Making its debut appearance at the Lush Summit event in February 2017, this limited edition bath bomb immediately stole the hearts of Lush fans around the globe, and left a rather large fox-shaped hole in the wallets of those able to grab some of the batch released online at the same time.

Fox Bath Bomb is exactly as you would expect: an adorable bright orange ballistic with a white bushy tail and adorable whiskers to match. Released as one of the limited edition products made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Lush's Charity Pot, this bath bomb didn't stick around for very long, and rightly so.
Sharing its scent with the Lust Family, fans will no doubt recognise the familiar fragrance that can also be found in both the Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar and Yes Yes Yes Massage Bar. Pertaining a floral fragrance, the jasmine in this bath bomb is definitely at the forefront, which is something I was expecting, given how notoriously strong this smell is.

For those who have never experienced any of the products in this scent, the jasmine produces a very potent, sickly-sweet heady aroma. It's very intoxicating  indeed, and in some cases has even brought on a headache because of how strong it is. The bath bomb mimics that of the other products, but I was relieved to discover that it does mellow out somewhat in the tub.

Fox Bath Bomb begins fizzing immediately upon contact with the water - sending out streams of vivid orange across the surface. This is both a fast fizzer, and a loud one, and I calculated that it took under five minutes for the entire product to fully dissolve. As to be expected, it left behind a sea of orange-coloured water, which was a lovely shade to experience when the weather outside was so miserable.

As I said above, the jasmine calmed down just slightly in the tub, so it's not as intoxicating or as overpowering as it is to begin with. Instead, you get a wonderful sensual fragrance - one both sweet and floral, and one that leaves a lasting impression on your skin afterwards. This would be perfect to pair up with the liquid perfume as you could continue to enjoy the fruits of the jasmine far longer this way.
This bath bomb left my skin feeling lovely and soft, just like most of Lush's other bath bombs do. Furthermore, whether it was the aroma or the oils, I'm not sure, but I also thought that my skin felt and looked a little more radiant after my experience as well. This is definitely not the most interesting bath bomb to come out of Lush's lab recently, but it's definitely a relevant one, and a product I will enjoy using again and again.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £3.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Floating Flower Bath Ballistic
Flying Fox Body Lotion
Flying Fox Shower Gel
Flying Fox Solid Perfume
Fox Bath Bomb
Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar
Lust Liquid Perfume 
Lustre Dusting Powder
Lust Solid Perfume
Yes Yes Yes Massage Bar
Youki-Hi Bath Ballistic

7 June 2018

Oat Solid Naked Liquid Hand Soap

Sometimes Lush don’t help themselves and the confusion they cause, when they seemingly release products without explaining the concepts or the purpose behind their decisions. Such is the case when they held a two week Naked marathon in the Lush Kitchen, which saw a range of brand new exclusive products making themselves known for the first time - most of them without much of an introduction to coincide with there release.

At the same time, rumours were circulating about a range of naked shower gels that were featuring in the up-and-coming Christmas collection, and consumers were already worried that the seasonal gels were being replaced by 'glorified soaps'. When Oregano Solid Liquid Naked Soap appeared on the menu, alongside the likes of The Olive Branch and Happy Hippy Naked Shower Gels, fans were even more confused, and perhaps a little apprehensive about their beloved company.  

Shaped like a soap dispenser, Oat is one of three limited editions that came out towards the end of the Lush Kitchen reign, and were re-released a few weeks ago as part of the debut #lushlabs experiment. For those unfamiliar, this new concept sees a small range of products being released on the 29th of each month for fans to buy, try and then leave feedback. Lush want consumers to be a part of the process - from how a product is made; what it looks like; and even how it’s promoted to the world. Oat is one of the first products to be placed in the spotlight.

To put it simply, a naked liquid hand soap is basically a solidified, package-less version of a liquid hand soap, hence why the product is shaped like a soap dispenser. Used just like a normal soap would be, this limited edition in theory should harvest the same softness that the liquid version should, so it shouldn’t be as drying as I find regular soaps to be at times.

One thing I should state is that the design of Oat (and the other Naked liquid soaps) is definitely far better than the naked shower gels and creams. While the former is perfectly carved, smooth to the touch with a wonderful silk finish, I find that the gels are usually oddly shaped, different sizes and often rough and bobbly on the outside. Although I appreciate that the hand made approach means that products aren’t going to be as polished as non-Lush alternatives, the design of these naked soaps just look a little more professional in my eyes. 

Sharing its scent with Mrs Whippy Bath Bomb, Oat Solid Liquid Naked Soap is a beautiful and very gentle smelling product. Containing both soya milk and oats, the base of this soap is a gentle one that leaves your skin feeling really silky smooth and soft to the touch. Inside, the soap is packed full of oats - not to the same level as Porridge Soap mind, but there appears to be more, the more you use it. These oats act as a gentle exfoliator, which was a wonderful touch to the soap, and helps to soften your hands even further if you choose to use this as a regular hand soap.

While Lush have described it as being part of the Mrs Whippy scent family, there is something about this soap that stands out to me as being far more robust in fragrance. Oat is definitely stronger overall; less powdery as well, which is expected as it isn't a bath bomb. To my nose, there is something more creamy and far richer about this naked soap which I really enjoyed, and the fact that the smell stayed on my skin afterwards improved my experience even more.

While Yummy Mummy is perhaps my favourite scent family from Lush, I really appreciated the fact that there was something different about Oat that stopped it from being a direct replica of the shower cream, or any one of the products that host the same fragrance. The tonka gave the soap that rich, almost caramel-like element to the smell, but there wasn't much in the way of a fruity note like you would expect in most of the Yummy Mummy range.

Furthermore, cinnamon is also a feature in the ingredients list, and you can definitely detect a gentle spicy note in the overall smell. This added an extra layer of warmth to the experience of using this naked soap, and again set it apart from the other products that are listed as sharing the same fragrance.

Initially, I was expecting this soap to behave in the same way as Oregano. However, I was really impressed when I realised that both soaps are very different in the way they behave and the outcome you experience. Whereas Oregano is designed to work on getting rid of bacteria and offering a lather that soothes and strengthens the skin, Oat works much more like you'd expect a regular liquid soap to.

Upon stimulation under warm water, this solid liquid naked soap produces a very generous lather to clean your body with - one that appeared rich and creamy and incredibly moisturising. My skin immediately felt smooth and soft after coming into contact with this lather, and it almost felt like I was applying a combination of soap and a body conditioner all at the same time. It was that softening!    

Furthermore, the array of naturally gentle ingredients meant that those with delicate skin would benefit a lot from using this as a regular soap. The inclusion of soya yoghurt, oats and oatmeal, and oat milk mean that this won't irritate your skin at all: instead leaving it feeling beautifully nourished and like it has been kissed by nature itself.

Much like Oregano, this soap does not last as long as a regular soap, even when drying it in between uses, so it does work out a little more expensive than some of Lush's other variations. However, the immediate results from using this means that your hands will stay soft and moisturised after every use, which is something I don't find happens often with me and Lush soaps.

I love the fact that the tonka and the buchu were strong enough to leave an impression during use, as well as on the skin for a short while after application. If I was able to afford the luxury, I think I would use both Oregano and Oat as my daily hand wash combination: to eradicate the bacteria on my skin with the former, and then pamper my hands with the latter afterwards.

Despite all of the above, all of Lush's solid liquid naked soaps can be used as regular soaps, as opposed to just being hand soaps, so I'd definitely recommend this one for anyone a little pessimistic about soaps always being too drying. I really enjoyed using this one and feel that it would proved far more popular if Lush had marketed this concept a little better. I only hope that my review will tempt a few more people to give them a chance.

Quantitative Ingredients: Oat Milk, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Soya yoghurt, Perfume, Oatmeal, Oat Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerine, Cocoa Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Almond essential oil, Buchu Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.95 for 135g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.