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6 July 2014

Pineapple Grunt Soap



It's not something I've highly publicised about on my blog, as I don't see it as very relevant to what I'm trying to achieve here, but I've been trying to reduce my Lush stash down to a reasonable amount. With their products not retaining their scent as well as they used to, I've found myself left with many scentless products that just aren't worth the time of day. This point was pressed upon even further, when I was admiring the fresh massage bars, soaps and ballistics in my local shop, and realised that mine just didn't have the same allure, sitting day in, day out on my book shelf. 

Just the other day, I realised that I have used up a rather impressive 350 items from my Lush collection since the beginning of this year; a number that has surpassed my expectation by almost three-fold. However, when I went to find myself a fresh piece of Sandstone Soap the other day, I discovered that, even though every aspect of my collection is being reduced, my soap collection is staying rather stagnant in it's numbers. So expect a lot of upcoming soap reviews over the next few months!  

Pineapple Grunt is a soap that I bought simply because it was vegan and featured in one of Lush's retro ranges last year. When it arrived, I simply added it to my rather large pile of soaps and thought nothing else about it. However, it grabbed my attention recently when I opened my drawer to find a favourite, and picked up a weird and wonderful fruity cocktail that just begged to be used. 

Firstly, this soap is not a straight-down-the-line pineapple-scented soap. In fact, the pineapple element is somewhat thwarted behind a rather strong coconut fragrance. It's a wonderful sensual and warming smell, dominated mostly by the coconut oil, although there is definitely a slight nuttiness to it, which reminds me of almond butter. Furthermore, there is a light sweetness to it's scent which comes from the addition of fresh pineapple juice. However, this note is rather weak in the mix and only tends to showcase itself when being used under hot water. If you're looking for that fruity, tropical experience, you'd be better off trying Carrot Soap, as you won't find it here.

Secondly, with its chunks of fresh, organic pineapple, this soap is as natural as you can get. Containing vetivert oil, known for it's skin-calming properties, and fresh pineapple juice, with its malic and citric acids that purge the skin of dirt and dead skin cells, this is a soap intent on moisturising and cleansing to a high degree. The latter ingredient also helps to brighten the skin's appearance, making it a perfect accompaniment in the summer months. 

In the shower, this soap produces a rich, creamy lather, which instantly softens your skin; it also happens to be one of the easiest soaps to 'foam up', which means that a small 100g block will last you a lot longer than some of the more expensive Lush alternatives. Pineapple Grunt also has a bumpy (but not gritty) texture, which means that it's great at removing dried skin and dirt, without being too harsh on your skin.

The product made me feel clean and fresh; making my skin look rejuvinated and brighter instantaneously. My hands and body were left feeling really smooth and soft, nothing like what you'd expect from a lump of soap. It gave my whole body a slight sun-kissed glow, which was a real bonus for someone as pale as myself. 

A beautiful, warming yet refreshing soap that awakens those tired senses in the morning, and leaves you feeling revitalised for the day ahead. Initially, I was a little dissappointed that this wasn't as fruity as I was hoping. But with Bohemian and Karma being two of just many sweet-scented soaps, it was actually nice to have one a little bit different. A must have; I hope Lush bring this back soon.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera) , Propylene Glycol , Glycerine , Fresh Pineapple (Ananas Sativus) , Sodium Stearate , Sodium Hydroxide , Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) , Sodium Chloride , Perfume , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides).

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £3.40 per 100g.

2016 Price: £4.25 per 100g.

2 comments

  1. I received this as a sample and have yet to try it. your right about the scent though . It really is not a strong pineapple sent.
    On that note you must have a massive collection. Mine is not as big as yours sound and I been trying really hard to use some of mine up before I buy more of certain products ( bath bombs, bubble bars) Do you find it hard to use something you only have one of? I have a difficult time using something that I only have one of especially if it came from the kitchen because I know I probably wont ever see it again. Its more like I am collecting them , so then my brain is telling me to buy more of the regular products that I would actually use.. if that makes any sense!!

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  2. I hope you enjoy the soap! As for my collection, I have been desperately downsizing as I realise that hoarding older stuff is just pointless - the amount of items I've come to use and found that they've lost their scent or have gone off! I used to be proud of all my old rarities but now I'm trying to clear all of my stock out so I have under 50 bath products, 50 shower and a few odd bits. I've used up close to 500 items this year so my collection is not very big at all (I now have under 150 items). I'll stock up on shower gels and bubble bars, but I don't want to have too much of anything else :)

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