Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Product Review: LUSH Porridge Soap

At a Glance:
Price: US$5.95 for 3.5oz. (approx. RM21.42) or Rs. 310 for 100g in India (approx. RM25.31)
Weight: 100g
Made in: USA
Likes: Softens skin quite nicely, does help lighten darkened skin gradually!
Gripes: Expensive, the oat bits in there are REALLY ROUGH, melts easily, messy to use, not available locally.
Repurchase: No
Jenn's Rating: 2 Stars! The horribly rough oat bits totally ruined it for me...

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Pinhead Oatmeal (Avena sativa), Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus labdaniferus), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Sodium Chloride, Limonene.

Product Description:

When you're in a rush on those early mornings you may consider eating breakfast in the shower. At we LUSH prefer feeding our skin in the shower and saving the real food for afterward. We put real oats and fresh organic orange juice in this deliciously nutritious soap, making it a cleansing and exfoliating multi-tasker. Oats soften and slough away dead skin while orange juice and sweet orange oil gently cleanse the skin.

Actual Product Pic:

Texture & Scent:

This soap feels more "solid" compared to the two other LUSH ones i've reviewed, but its the worst of the lot when it comes to disappearing in the shower - it melts super quickly!! This foams up nicely once in rubbed with water! The oat bits are horribly rough, and they scratch at my skin so badly that i can even use it as a, yes, you guessed it right, pumice stone!! *slaps forehead* Check out my red palm in the pic!! :(

The oat bits do come off as you rub it against your skin, so it can be messy when using this!

I don't really know how to describe the smell - it's kinda like oats + something sweet, and its quite strong!


This soap comes in a block wrapped in LUSH paper! Mine is a little melted having endured the transit from India to Singapore then back to Penang! lol!! :D

Price & Availability:
This soap is priced at US$5.95 (approx. RM21.42), and should be available at most LUSH stores and their website! It's also available in India for Rs. 310 per 100 grams! :D Sadly, it's not available locally for us Malaysian girls, but Ryan from SgDrugstore at organizes LUSH sprees sometimes so do take advantage of that if you need to get something! :D

My $0.02:

After reading Connie's rave review on this soap, i caved in and bought my 1st ever LUSH bar. I have never considered buying anything from there because 1. I never use soaps and 2. the LUSH store gives me a headache everytime i step in there, from both the overpowering scent as well as the overbearing staff! :P

And i'm almost heartbroken to report that i didn't like this one! T_T

The oat bits in there were super rough, and they scratch at my skin so badly, leaving it red and sore! I've resorted to rubbing it over my scrubby gloves (which is quite damaged by it now!! lol!!) then only soaping my body with it! It works nicely as a pumice stone for the elbows, knees and heels though!! :P

I also didn't like how the oat bits do fall out, creating a mess in the shower! And they kinda look like cockroach poop... :P

The smell of this one is kinda overpowering too!!

Ok enough product bashing for now! As much as i didn't like this because of the reasons above, i'll have to say that it does soften the skin nicely after use!! It also lightens skin darkening like on the knees and underarms gradually!!

I'm of the opinion that this is actually quite a good product, but the rough oat bits totally ruined it for me. Now, if they would remove or change that, i think i actually might change my mind about this product!! Until then, it's a no repurchase for me!! :(

Credits: Product photo from


  1. Absolutely agree! Those bits are evil! lol I've heard LUSH have changed Porridge formula since spring. I guess not all the shops carry the new not-so-scratchy version, as they're are probably still trying to get rid of that evil one. :)

  2. ohmygosh! It's either you have really delicate skin or I have elephant skin! And here I am scrubbing from dusk til dawn =.= scrub until so syok

    so sorry this didn't work for you. I feel bad for recommending it! :(

  3. the oats really look "rough". i was tempted to buy coz I see quite alot of good reviews for it. hm.. maybe it's still better to stick to my own "normal-looking" soap. lol!

  4. LOL @ connie's elephant skin. aiyoh! funny lah she. too bad it is not working well for u jenn, but perhaps just use it as pumic stone then.

  5. lol! just when i wanted to review this next week, up came yours :P

    i quite like the scrubby bits, good for the dumb knees~ which is pretty dark, elbow a bit harsh but still ok~

    i quite like this la, much better than the sultana lor~

  6. hi~ the soap does look a little scary though..haha. but too bad to hear tat it's not working for ya. Maybe your skin is already soft and not that thick, so it's a little harsh for you..
    I wanted to try a Lush soap too, heard the smell is amazing.
    and ya, i'm ur new follower =)
    pls visit n support my blog too~

  7. HeavenNRJ: i'm glad (sad?? :P) to hear that somebody else experienced the same thing!! I thought i got a bad bar or something!! >.<

    I hope LUSH gets rid of those evil ones soon!!

  8. Connie: wahahaha!! You're so funny!!! Don't feel bad la!!! Belum cuba belum tau!!! Thanks for the recommendation!! :D

  9. Sue: do try it la!!! Maybe now they reformulated it already!! :D

  10. Xin: hahaha ya i loled when i read Connie's comment too!! :D

    Ya i use it as a pumice stone on my elbows, knees and heels!! :D

  11. Plue: haha great minds think alike mah!! :D

    Ya this one's not bad actually!! Just the oat bits are too rough for me... >.<

  12. shaynaJo: haha i hope so!! :D

    Ya you should try LUSH soaps!! But the scent can be a little strong though!!

  13. I like LUSH porridge soap. I agree that the smell is a bit too strong. My brother even asked me why do I bring belacan into the bathroom. Lol..

  14. lol belacan?!! Thankfully this one doesn't smell like one, otherwise i'm definitely staying away from it!! XD

  15. hi, have been a silent reader of ur blog for quite sometime now. its too bad dat u dun like this soap coz I absolutely love it! Bought it thru spree n it cost me a bomb for a piece of soap (the 1 i got was smaller than urs!). I think its a matter of time that u'll start falling in love with this soap. (it grew into me! LOL) The oat bits are abit rough but after awhile, it gets softer somehow. & its very moisturizing too! So, hope u'll like this someday & I love reading yr reviews :D

  16. Oh my piece is a little bigger because its 150 grams! :D

    I'm down to almost a small plum / kiwi size, but those oat bits are still too rough for me!! >.<

    Yup i'm willing to try the "reformulated" version again... lets just hope that they addressed this problem already! :D

  17. do u have other type's of lush soap selling to Malaysia by website?

  18. Heyy..has this image been copied with your permission? It looks like the photo you have put of Porridge soap with the watermark removed - just thought of informing you:


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