Aug 2, 2010

Warming up for winters with Lush Spice Curls (Review)

The Lush Spice Curls soap might look like a cross between my attempt at baking a carrot cake and something the cat dragged in from Mars, but this soap is actually a much overlooked (in my opinion) soap from Lush.

Lush Spice Curls Soap - Review
Lush Spice Curls Soap

It's a 2-in-1 product - a soap that also doubles as a fabulous body scrub.  My recipe for supersoft skin:  About 20 minutes before your bath, massage the skin with warm coconut oil or olive oil.  Wash off with the Lush Spice Curls soap.  The scrubby bits will give your skin a smooth, polished look while the soap will remove any excess oil from the skin.

Lush Spice Curls Soap - Review
Lush Spice Curls Soap

The Lush Spice Curls soap is quite grainy.  It's bright orange colour is, I think, at least partly because of the addition of paprika, but please don't let that scare you - it doesn't burn or irritate the skin, and I have pretty sensitive skin.  The scrubbing power is from ground rice granules.

Lush Spice Curls Soap - Ingredients:  Herb power: Fresh ginger, cardamom oil, clove oil, organic ground paprika, cinnamon powder, ground chili, ground cayenne. All that cayenne, paprika, and chili might scare you, but unless you are allergic to these ingredients I don't think it should worry you. I didn't feel a thing! I am assuming these are put in to provide some warmth (?) in colder times.Ingredients:

Lush Spice Curls Soap - Ingredients
Lush Spice Curls Soap Ingredients - Palm Free Soap Base (Sodium Rapeseedate, Sodium Sunflowerate, Sodium Cocoate), Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed oil, Sunflower oil, Ground Rice (Oryza sativa), Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Organic Ground Paprika (Capsicum frutescens), Cinnamon Powder (Cinnamomum cassia), Ground Chilli, Ground Cayenna Pepper (Capsicum frutescens), *Cinnamal, *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510.* Occurs naturally in essential oils
General Instruction on Use of Lush Soaps
  • Lush soaps generally lather less than regular soaps. This becomes a lot more obvious in places with hard water supply.
  • This doesn't necessarily mean Lush soaps have lesser cleaning power - you just need to get used to not being covered in a whole lot of white foam :-) They are, however, milder than regular soaps.
  • Do not leave these soaps standing in water, even a bit of water pooling around the soap can make these expensive goodies melt away. Just get one of those very inexpensive soap dishes with a lot of gaps for the water to drain off and legs so the water doesn't just collect at the bottom!
Lush Spice Curls, in particular, though - lathers hardly at all. You could spot some lather if you searched enough, but don't bother. It, however, cleans amazingly well - much better than some of the more lathering soaps. This has a kind of herbal-spicy smell, and it isn't very obvious at all. Certainly doesn't stay on my skin after a bath.  Since this is a rather grainy/scrubby soap, I would not recommend using the Lush Spice Curls soap for the more sensitive areas of the body :P

The Lush Spice Curls soap tends to crumble at the edges which leads to a bit of wasting. Try to get a squarish shaped chunk of soap instead of the charming irregularly cut ones with inconveniently pointy angles that Lush loves wrapping up for its unsuspecting customers. This holds true for all the Lush soaps, but more for ones with grainy bits in them.

So the next time you are at a Lush soap, ask for Spice Curls. Its a plain soap..which does a pretty good job.


  1. Hey Rads!! I am not sure but I think I found some thing like this in Lush store...will check for sure next time..

  2. I saw it too the last time I was at a Lush store, but I read somewhere its being discontinued. Called up to check with the Lush store and they just confirmed it :-(

  3. Would you recommend this or the porridge one for sloughing off dead skin? I think my body needs some serious exfoliation in the lead up to the wedding!

  4. This one is tried tested but sadly I think no longer available :-( The porridge one you can try out in the shop...just to get an idea about the scrub effect. It has oats for scrubbing so shouldn't be toooo harsh and just about everyone raves about it. I haven't used it, but I love love love the smell. Or you could try Buffy..body butter/scrub..strange way of using use it after your bath..then just pour some water to get rid of the scrubby bits..and no need for moisturizer after it cos its super duper rich!

  5. Oopsie..didnt really answer your question..if this is there, get this :-)

  6. Ha ha yeah got it ;)

    My wedding is on Dec 12th :)


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