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Scent-sational soaps!

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Scent-sational soaps!

Hi Girlies, welcome to another post in my ‘Lush and I’ series!

As you know I was very disappointed with Lush when I tried the soap, Vanilla In The Mist. Well, I think consolation is required and I’m very tempted to pop in to Lush this weekend and get some. It may just be time to repurchase two of the most super-duper, amazingly gorgeous soaps in the whole wide world.

I guess you are all wondering which soaps have earnt such a great accolade.

I doubt that the first will be a big surprise. Tra la lah, it is ‘Honey I Washed The kids’. This soap has a huge following. It was my very, first Lush soap in five plus years. I was not very excited about it as I have never had a thing for soaps. I only brought this one because everybody else is so excited by it and I had some gift value left to spend and wowee, what a lucky random buy it turned out to be!


This soap looks lovely, it smells gorgeous and feels fabulous to wash with. This caramel gives off the most beautiful scent and is very moisturising especially as the soap breaks down and the soap almost starts to liquidfy and ooze. Meanwhile the outer crust is very useful for gentle exfoliation. I adore this soap and can assure you that I will be buying it again and again.

Now the second soap was not one I expected to fall for.

Firstly, it was not ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ which I had already discovered and had just finished, leaving me feeling so, soo, soap abandoned (a wretched emotion that I had never experienced before).

Secondly, I’m not a big fan of currents, raisins and sultanas so why would I like a soap, that I had never even heard of, called ‘Sultana of Soap’?!


Well, for several reasons actually!

Firstly, it smells beautiful. While ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ smells gorgeous and fabulous. ‘Sultana of Soap’ is more subtle but is just unmistakenly so, soo, pretttyyy and I felt gives out faint hints of springtime blossoms and sweet, sweet sweeties. It could be a classic!

Secondly, this princess of a bar glides effortlessly along the skin.

Thirdly, my svelte little tiny bar seems to be lasting for ages.

I don’t think this soap is very well-known but please Girls, next time you are in Lush, have a sniff and maybe get a small little sample. I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!

And one more thing you might not regret is taking a peek at BeautyMarked19. Sophie is having the most amazing giveaway to celebrate reaching 500 followers. The prize includes perfume, MAC, Gosh and more.

Also, Legs Eleven7 is having a giveaway with some mighty fine little treats making up the winners stash. Such pretty colours. You can have a look at her very popular blog and enter here.

Right Treacles, I’m off sniff to some perfumes. I think I owe you a perfume review or two. I hope you are all ok and making some exxxxciting plans for the weekend. Don’t forget to keep commenting, subscribing, tweeting and feel free to spread/tweet the word. This mighty mission of mine can never have too many followers or too much advice.



Written by essjay23x

March 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Oh dear, Vanilla In The Mist!

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Oh dear, Vanilla In The Mist!

When I went to London last week, I decided to pop in to Lush. It was time for a new Lush soap. I was thinking maybe Rockstar as there is a lot of hype for this soap.

I picked Rockstar up and gave it a sniff. It smelt nice but quite fragrant, in a perfume way and I’ve already got a lot of perfumes.

Anyway I was just deciding if Rockstar should accompany me to the till when another soap caught my eye, Vanilla In The Mist. Before Christmas, I was very in to a Vanilla Body Butter from Boots. I found that the Vanilla scent is nice and clean. It also provides a good base if I wanted to apply other fragrances. So I had to pick up the Vanilla In The Mist soap bar and one sniff of the grogeous fresh vanilla scent and I was sold.

However, it only smells gorgeous and vanillary when it is dry. I was really disappointed with this product when I used it to bath. You can just about smell the vanilla underneath some horrible heavy smell. This second smell is not fresh at all. Instead of ice cream and sand, it makes me think of cigars and old moth bitten blazers. I found it did not really lather and instead with some work just left a bit of an oily, sticky yellow type residue which looked revolting on my pale skin. I know it should not really matter what the soap looks like while it is working after all, you are going to rinse it off but this for me, was the final straw. This soap does not make me feel pretty at all. In fact, I don’t even feel particularly clean after using it and have had to lather myself in body lotion.

For me, this is probably the most disappointing product since my mission officially began at the beginning of the year.

Have any of you tried this soap? What did you think? Could it possibly grow on me? What soaps from Lush do you like? I do have a couple of raves coming up.

On a happier note, check out The Make Up Goddess Guru. This blog is Sophie’s (BeautyMarked19) third Guest blogger and the eye make up in this blog is extraordinary and so inspiring. Joanna has already reached 100 followers and to celebrate is having a little giveaway. Here is the link for more information,


Written by essjay23x

February 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Lush and I (2)

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Lush and I (2)

Hey, another instalment for ‘Lush and I’ but today, I’ve decided to mix it up a bit and take a break from the hair products (I will return). Instead, let’s have a look at a product that is bit less ‘care’ and maybe a bit more ‘fun’. Frankly, one that is a gorgeous little bargain!

However, I did not have to even pay for it because this gorgeous little treat came as part of a Very Berry Gift Set that the other precious sister gave me for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

As you can see, I have been making good use of the items and have plenty to report back to you. Thanks Sis!

The Star product that I’d like to talk about today though is . . . The Comforter Body Bar!

Isn’t it cute? The bright colours really adds a little sparkle to my bathroom. I love this bar! It smells gorgeous. Very uplifting and sweet. The delicious fragrance is very strong and breezes throughout the house and lingers in the bathroom for ages. I can imagine using this bar to celebrate my happiness when I’m in a good mood and to cheer me up when I’m down. However, I can imagine very occasionally, like yet another fat slice of very sugary cake or a very, very loud friend then it could just be a little much. I think the fragrance of the bar is too overpowering to use every single day but then maybe that gives me an excuse to buy a couple of different flavored ones to use in rotation (hee hee, where there is a will. . .).

First of all, I wasn’t sure what I was meant to do with it and used it directly as a soap on my skin. It did not really lather but I smelt gorgeous. I do like a lather though so I found some directions and realised it was for bubbles in the bath so I held it under the warm tap for maybe 25 seconds when I was running my bath and ta dah, one frothy bath pour moi. What is more, a frothy bath with bubbles that lasted instead of quickly disappearing as they often do more or less as soon as I dip my big toe in!

I had to use very little of the bar to get these long-lasting bubbles. The bar is lasting well. I have a 200g bar which I have used 3 times and still have about 4/5- 2/3 of the bar left and it is still solid and not flaking like some of these bars do with use.

I would say this product is maybe more of a luxury and of more benefit to the mind then the body. However, some bubble bath solutions seem to dry my skin but this doesn’t seem to.

I would be very chuffed to recieve this as a gift again and I would happily give it as a gift as well as buying it as an occasional treat for myself. As far as I’m concerned, this bar is one of Lush’s Must-Trys!! I believe that at least one size of this bar (is there more?) retails for under £5.

Any more opinions on Lush or experiences, yay or eurgh, of their products? Don’t forget Girlies, please feel free to comment, subscribe and enter the competition (see my Competition post)!


Written by essjay23x

February 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm