Lush Soaps Review: Honey I Washed the Kids and Demon in the Dark
Lush says “The irresistible toffee and honey soap. Once you’ve sniffed it, you’ve got to have it. On paper, it’s difficult to portray the full effect of this honeycomb and toffee scented soap. People who fully intended to walk past a Lush shop find themselves unable to resist its tempting fragrance. They inhale, drool, pick up a big chunk and join the queue for the till. It’s hard not to buzz about this one.”
Ingredients: Honey Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Beeswax (Cera alba), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate This soap is off-white or light yellow in color with an orangish-yellow layer on top with a honeycomb print on it. This piece is slightly less than 100 gms in size. I actually could not make out the smell of this very clearly in the Lush shop as there was already a very strong smell in the shop, as usual. When I came home I could smell it and I am not kidding when I say that it smells exactly like Kismi toffee bar. I am not sure I love the smell too much, but it is nice if you like the smell of toffee. I could not detect a honey scent, just toffee.
It was a little difficult to get a good lather from this soap, and it melts away quickly so make sure it is dry between uses and don’t keep it in a normal soap dish or exposed to water drops if you want it to last. I cut small pieces to use and store the rest in the fridge. It does not dry my skin out but it does not do anything great for it either. A faint smell lingers for a few hours after using it which is quite pleasant and not overpowering.
Pros of Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap:
- Smells nice if you like smelling like toffee 🙂 , kids may enjoy using it
- Not an overpowering smell after stepping out of the bath
- Skin is not left feeling dry or stretched like other soaps
- Environmentally friendly – no packaging
Cons of Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap:
- Does not lather too well
- Melts away quickly, so it is expensive for the quantity you get
- Cutting up the soap makes it difficult to use, but is a good way to make it last
- The honeycomb layer on top keeps falling off. I don’t know the purpose of this layer. It smells of honey but you can’t really use it on your skin. It feels like a piece of plastic.
My rating: :star: :star: :star:
Price: Rs 290 for 100 gm Lush says “It’s not really a demon, it’s a bit of a dark angel: dark green, wrapped in a layer of black wax, which you peel off before you use or you won’t get clean. Demon in the Dark has fresh, minty scent with just a hint of sweetness from the fresh apple juice.”
Ingredients: Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Organic Apple Juice (Pyrus malus), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearate, Mint (Mentha piperita), Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Eugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 42045
The bar is green in color (mine was a little darker than the one in the picture) with a layer of black wax that needs to be “peeled off” according to Lush. Now I tried peeling it off, thinking it would peel off smoothly in one go. Not so. I ended up getting black wax in my fingernails which was really difficult to get rid off and ended up chipping my nail polish. The wax was stuck to the soap very firmly. I finally cut the wax off, also cutting off a bit of soap in the process. I have no clue what this black wax layer is doing in the soap. It seems to have absolutely no purpose – does not even smell of anything.
This soap smells like mint – more specifically, like toothpaste. Again I could not really detect the smell of this very clearly in the Lush shop. Maybe next time I will take the product a good 50 meters away from the shop, smell it and then decide whether I should buy it or not. I had a very difficult time getting it to lather and had to rub very hard against my skin to get the smallest amount of lather.
Pros of Demon in the Dark Soap:
- Smell may wake you up in the morning, just like toothpaste does.
- Not an overpowering smell after stepping out of the bath.
- Lasts long so value for money if you actually like it.
- Environmentally friendly – no packaging.
Cons of Demon in the Dark Soap:
- Does not lather well at all
- Could not detect an apple smell in my bar, just a toothpaste smell
- THE WAX IS SO ANNOYING. Sorry I just had to say that.
- Does nothing great for the skin
I actually threw this bar out before it was half finished. Tried using it as a hand wash soap but found it so difficult to lather that I just gave up. I would obviously never purchase it again. My rating: :star: Overall, I would say that except for the smells, there is nothing great about these two soaps. I am going back to my good old Body Shop shower gel. If you must use soap, I would prefer Indian handmade soaps like Khadi or even the Lotus Herbals soaps.