Body Scrubs, Shower

Life’s A Beach! Body Scrub Powder

Life’s A Beach was a relatively forgettable product that started out as an exclusive product for Australia and New Zealand. It then became available at Oxford Street and online before being released in all stores across the country.

It was discontinued earlier this year and honestly I don’t think many people are too sad about it.

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Unlike most of Lush’s products, Life’s A Beach came packaged in a cardboard box, much like the ‘Showders’, this made it easier to pour the product out of the little slot, rather than scoop it out of a black pot. Whilst it’s great that obviously this packaging is fully and easily recyclable, the trouble with it is that you can’t really get it wet without the risk of it causing damage to the box, and obviously for something that you use in the shower, this isn’t ideal.

Like the name suggests, a main part of this scrub is Sand and it’s the most visible ingredient. There’s also Sea Salt in there too, but yes this product is mainly just fragranced sand. These two natural exfoliators are a great way of scrubbing the skin without the use of microbeads which are incredibly damaging to the environment.

A great thing about this product is that because the scrub is dry, you can use it straight away as it is or add it to water depending on how abrasive you want a scrub to be. Personally I really love to add some of it to a shower gel or cream such as Oaty Creamy Dreamy or It’s Raining Men for a more luxurious moisturising scrub.

The scent is rather sweet as Life’s A Beach is fragranced with Gardenia, Jasmine, Tonka and Vanilla. The Tonka and the Vanilla are the strongest notes, reminding me of sweet ice cream at the beach which is very fitting.

If you’re just using this scrub on it’s own the scent actually lingers with you for quite a while, however it’s easily over powered by stronger smells when used in conjunction with another product.

My skin always feels so soft after using this product, like I said it’s just perfect for turning your favourite shower gel into a scrub!

I can’t say I’ll miss this product that much when mine has ran out, there are a multitude of scrubs I enjoy much more and frankly it was about time for this particular one to go, customers hardly ever purchased or were even intrigued by it. May she rest in piece.

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sand, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Gardenia Extract, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Farnesol, Perfume

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Body Scrubs, Shower

The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub

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Some like it rough, others like it smooth. But this body scrub definitely gives you both!

Exfoliating your body is definitely a good idea, and you should make sure you’re giving your body a good scrub at least twice a week. It’s important to clear your skin of dead skin cells, otherwise dirt and excess oils get clogged underneath causing spots, blackheads and dull looking skin. Scrubbing also allows moisturisers and other products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

Personally I’m not a massive fan of scrubs that are too abrasive. And when first used, The Rough With The Smooth is definitely a little too scratchy for me, especially on more sensitive areas over my body as the exfoliant, the Granulated Sugar, starts off being quite hard. However, after a couple of uses, the outside of the scrub does become slightly softer, giving a much more pleasant feeling as you glide it over your skin.

The ‘smooth’ comes from the Murumuru Butter and the Castor Oil in this product. Murumuru Butter comes from the seeds of the Murumuru Palm Tree, which is a very prevalent species in Brazil. It’s not only highly softening and moisturising for the skin, it leaves a protective film over the skins surface, locking in the moisture and the nourishment. Castor Oil also adds moisture, but is also antibacterial and incredibly soothing and calming, having been used around the world for over 4,000 years to treat eczema, psoriasis, burns and acne.

As someone who’s skin can get slightly irritated when using a strong body scrub, I’ve found that once the bar is softer and less scratchy, it hasn’t left me with any irritation, so I would definitely recommend this bar to all types of skin. Yes, there are definitely more moisturising scrubs that Lush have on offer such as Scrubee and Cherryish, but if you’re looking for something stronger, then this is definitely a good product to go for.

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The trio of Vanilla Absolute, Patchouli Oil and Black Pepper Oil mean that The Rough With The Smooth shares it’s scent with the Lord of Misrule family. Leaving a spicy, warming scent that lingers on your skin for a good while (of course I’m using mine paired with the Lord of Misrule Shower Cream for that double strength scent!).

Although these essential oils aren’t heavily featured in this scrub, they do bring added benefits. Black Pepper Oil is stimulating, getting the blood flowing and the circulation going, leaving a rejuvenated, bright appearance; and like the Castor Oil, the Vanilla Absolute and Patchouli Oil add to the calming and soothing effects.

Here it is on the Lush UK website for you to check out more and purchase!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Murumuru Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream of Tartar, Organic Castor Oil, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15850:1, Colour 77491

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