Honey I Washed The Kids Solid Perfume is one of many limited edition solid perfumes that have appeared as Forum Specials over the years, only to be discontinued and never seen again. It's a firm favourite amongst Lushies globally and was long overdue a comeback - an opinion that is echoed around the world, before it appeared in the kitchen earlier this month.
Although I've never tried the soap, I have given it a number of sniffs in the shop and I have found that most other HIWTK-scented products tend to be slightly sweeter than the original. Shoot For The Stars Ballistic, Gold FUN, The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar and Ma Bar are just some of the products that possess this wonderful scent, but it is only the latter that I feel plays homage to the original scent perfectly. That's not to say that the other products aren't just as delicious, just that there is a distinctive difference.
To begin with, this solid perfume is easily one of the sweetest variations of the fragrance - a beautifully sickly-sweet, buttery toffee-esque aroma that gets your mouth watering and your senses tingling. Imagine taking a spoonful of cocoa butter, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a generous squirt of honey, a slab of freshly-set toffee and a dash of orange oil, throwing it all into a large cauldron and soaking up the aroma while it melts down over a low heat. Now imagine the aroma of that dessert sauce condensed into a small metallic tub and you may begin to understand just how beautiful this solid perfume is.
The orange oil is the most dominating scent - giving a slightly tart top note that carries the other scents. Underneath this is the warm, comforting and rather rich aroma of cocoa butter combined with a sticky, sugary-sweet smell that reminds me of when brown sugar has been heated and is about to caramelise.
In the tub, it's quite a soft, waxy consistency so you really have to work at transferring it to your skin. As with most solid perfumes, I applied it to a single wrist and then rubbed both together to allow the warmth of my skin to bring out a stronger fragrance. It dissolves into your skin very quickly and aroma intensifies because of the heat of your skin.
As well as being one of the strongest solid perfumes in the tub, HIWTK has impressive longevity on the skin, and I found that I could still detect it 3-4 hours after initial application. While I would expect this from a liquid variation, I don't always find that their solid counterparts last as long, which is why I was excited to find that this rivals some of Lush's liquids.
Overall, this solid perfume is one of Lush's better releases. It has a strong and very multi-layered aroma and will last you throughout the day with very little top-up. I have read somewhere that these solid perfumes can be melted down and added to non-fragranced body lotions to create gorgeous results. I am tempted to try this so I can extend the beautiful aroma of this even further. A wonderful addition to my perfume collection.
Quantitative Ingredients: Japan Wax, Perfume, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Carnauba Wax (Copernicia cerifera), Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Citral, Linalool.
2015 Price: £9 for 12g.
Golden Egg Bath Bomb
Honey I Washed The Kids Liquid Perfume
Honey I Washed The Kids Solid Perfume
Honey I Washed The Kids Soap
Humpy Dumpty Bath Bomb
Ma Bar Bubble Bar
Santasaurus Reusable Bubble Bar
Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb (2013)
Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb (2016)
Sugar Mama Sugar Scrub
The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar