Lush Cosmetics : porridge

My, oh my. This has been a lonnnnnnng time. I love writing about Lush products so much, and today I have got a real champion of a soap for you. It's called Porridge, and you absolutely must get this in your life. 

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Like most things in Lush, I stumbled across Porridge purely by accident while browsing the non-bath items. As I have a new tattoo, I am forbidden to indulge in baths for another 2ish weeks - waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! I also needed something to soothe my very angry skin, while giving it a darn good scrub to get all the nasty stuff off. 

As we all know, when you enter a Lush shop, it's an assault on the senses. A very welcome one, but it can be quite overwhelming as you find yourself being swept away on a cloud of delicious aromas. As my nose was doing it's thing, I picked up on the smell of oats and my stomach growled. This absolutely gorgeous soap has me hooked there and then. 

The bar is firm enough for you to hold while you scrub away in the shower, but it also produces the most incredible cleansing and comforting treat, oatmilk, for your skin. You could use this in the morning and feel compelled to have a decent breakfast, or you could relax at night with this and settle down with a nice mug of horlicks and your book before bed!

The star of the show is the pinhead oatmeal. This serves as your exfoliator and the incredible oatmilk produced from the water soothes and calms your skin. Oats have been around since the dawn of time - ok, maybe not THAT long, since like 2000 BC - so it stands to reason that we've figured out how to use them for more than just munching on. Indeed, the clever people at Lush found that: "The Roman historian, Pliny, and his contemporaries, mention the use of oats as a topical, skin-soothing treatment in the medical texts of their time." You can't argue with the Romans. They were right, again!

"Oats are a source of calcium, iron and vitamin B1. They are high in carbohydrates and contain more protein and lipids (fat) than other grains. Oats also contain avenanthramides, a type of antibiotic produced by the plant, which act as an antioxidant and may contribute to the topical soothing effect of the grain."

If you have acne, or get those horrible painful lumps under the skin, this is the attribute you need to look out for. It seems counter-intuitive as we are living in a world with super-strength resistant bacteria thanks to over-prescription of antibiotics, but as we are on the homeopathic side of 'medicine' with this one, you're free to use at will!

I do remember hearing somewhere that some people use oatmeal as a treatment for their children when they're going through the chicken pox virus. Something to keep in mind! ;)

Other qualities I love about this soap is the use of organic orange juice, it really adds to the breakfast vibe and smells incredible. Titanium Dioxide is a natural sunscreen, which is always a good thing to have on your skin! Sodium Laural Sulfate basically makes the bubbles amazing, in a nutshell! Don't be worried about the scary looking 'EDTA' in the ingredients. It's totally safe and I love the analogy provided by Lush:  

"EDTA is a chelating agent formed of four carboxylic acid groups (COOH) attached to two nitrogen (N) atoms. In certain conditions the compound develops negative charges on four of the oxygen atoms; this allows EDTA to sequester (grab onto) free metal ions or minerals. The analogy that we like best is to describe EDTA like a lobster, with claws closing around minerals as they float past in the water!"

I swear if I ever come across carboxylics' in exams I will forever be picturing lobsters. Thanks Lush! :)

With the science aside; this soap makes your skin feel absolutely incredible. It's soothing, and leaves you with a beautiful clean sensation - squeaky clean, even! - but unlike most other products that produce this effect, your skin is not dried out. I have even used this as a make-shift face mask with amazing results.

You really need to try this out. You will only part with £3.10 for 100g; £7.75 for 250g and £15.50 for a 500g bar.

Yummy!!!! :)

1 comment

  1. that is the best description of EDTA I have ever heard.Great review :) sounds like I really really need a trip to Lush soon!


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