Lush Smuggler’s Soul Shampoo Bar, Cream review, photos | Father’s Day picks for you & dad

Lush smugglers soul multi purpose cream

The products: LUSH Smuggler’s Soul Shampoo Bar & Multi-Purpose Cream

This year, Lush launches its largest-ever Father’s Day collection. One of the key lines featured in it is Smuggler’s Soul, a range of three products that are all scented with the brand’s sandalwoods-y, fresh-smelling perfume. (It also scents their permanent-collection eponymous solid perfume & the Lush Veerappan Moustache Wax.)

The key notes of Smuggler’s Soul include sandalwood, vetiver, and lemongrass. 

Availability: Lush’s Father’s Day 2016 collection is available online now & in stores as of June 13th. Limited edition.

Lush Smuggler's Soul shampoo bar review

Smuggler’s Soul Shampoo Bar ($16.95 CAD)

I’ve always been very, very skeptical of Lush’s whole shampoo bar thing, but these things are actually pretty ingenious. The Smuggler’s Soul Shampoo Bar ($16.95 CAD) is formulated to wash and condition in three quick swoops of the bar from root to tip, and it’s made with fair trade cocoa butter, fresh cucumber, and Lush’s Smuggler’s Soul perfume.

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I was surprised to find that this shampoo bar really did actually only need three swipes to cleanse my entire scalp, and that the entire process was really simple and not at all camping-y. However, Smuggler’s Soul is full of super-stripping SLSs (hence the thick foam), and it left my hair feeling squeaky-clean and a little dry.

My oily roots actually really love this stuff, but my dry ends… not so much. I know that many men have been conditioned to love squeaky-clean finishes, but I’d recommend going for for one of their more hydrating shampoo bars if you have the choice.

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Smuggler’s Soul Multi-Purpose Cream ($18.95 CAD)

Lush’s Smuggler’s Soul Multi-Purpose Cream ($18.95 CAD) is totally, unequivocally, 100% a dad productIt’s a nice but largely generic-smelling men’s product that’s extremely liquidy and lightweight, and it’s designed to be used for everything: hands, body, face, hair. 

Lush smugglers soul multi purpose cream review

It is also, sadly, priced very much in line with the beauty industry’s pinkwashing–that is to say, as a men’s product, it’s no worse than a women’s product but costs just a fraction of the price (a practice that I’m very disappointed to see Lush engaging in.)

At the price, though, Smuggler’s Soul is an awesome product. I’d recommend buying two: one for dad, and one for you! It makes a nice, light lotion for your hair/face/body while it’s hot and humid out, and if you have dry skin, it feels absolutely glorious with a couple drops of rosehip oil added in.

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Liquids in jars = can be quite a mess!

Lush Smuggler’s Soul Shampoo Bar ingredients:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Water , Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Fresh Watercress Infusion, Behentrimonium Chloride, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Madagascan Vetivert Oil, Tagetes Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerine, Fresh Cucumber, Stearic Acid, Lanolin, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral,*Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1, Red 28, Green 5, Mica, Titanium Dioxide. *Occurs naturally in essential oils 

Lush Smuggler’s Soul Multi-Purpose Cream ingredients:

Lemon Balm Infusion, Water, Almond Oil, Stearic Acid, Argan Oil, Organic Jojoba Oi, Glycerine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Camellia Oil, Fresh Cucumber, Fresh Watercress, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Madagascan Vetivert Oil, Tagetes Oil, Lemongrass Oil, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral, *Coumarin,*Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone,Methylparaben, Propylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils. 

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  • Wow I'm really disappointed that LUSH is participating in pinkwashing. How disheartening. The product sounds great, though.
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    • I was pretty bummed to see that too :( Pinkwashing from more niche brands is frequently hidden behind "product differences" like ingredients or treatment options, but when the "dad" moisturizer is $18/3.1 oz compared to the brand's usual $25/1.5 oz (right up to $87/1.5 oz) price tags… well, it's still pretty glaringly obvious.

  • Smuggler's Soul sounds fantastic! But arrrgghhhhh, it's just SO frustrating that the price of a product just magically goes up if it's for women…
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    • ARGH, right?? And not even just a little bit, either — this "men's" moisturizer is $6 CAD/oz, while the rest of LUSH's moisturizers (which are usually sold to and marketed towards women) run from anywhere between $15.79 CAD/oz and $55.66 CAD/oz. That's not a couple dollars more, it's literally 2x to 9x times cheaper fro men!!!

      I did love the product, but I'd love it even more if they could re-launch it for women (or re-launch a unisex version). I know that women *can* use men's products, but it still stings to be told that the good, cheap stuff is intended to be for the boys!