Body Scrubs, Shower

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Recently Lush opened up their first naked store in the UK after the success of the naked stores in Milan and Berlin. Lucky for me I got to go to Manchester for the opening day! You won’t find any plastic packaging at this store as every product is completely naked. They have all the shower gels in naked forms, naked deodorants, shampoo bars and a couple of exclusive items such as Aurora Borealis Body Scrub.

Aurora Borealis is another name for the Northern Lights and the bright colours of this particular scrub suggests that’s why it was named so. It’s relatively small, but the price reflects that and you can probably get around five or six uses I reckon. Aurora Borealis contains Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil and Pineapple Powder and all three of these ingredients are the perfect cleansers as they’re all antiseptic, antibacterial and rejuvenating. Lemon Oil contains alpha-hydroxy-acids which are enzymes that cleanse the skin by breaking down dirt, excess oil and dead skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Spearmint and invigorates the skin, boosting the blood flow beneath and Pineapples are naturally rich in vitamins and other enzymes that cleanse and reduce swelling.

The scent is fruity and sweet with a hint of freshness from the Spearmint. It doesn’t overly smell of fruit or of mint but it’s a nice combination, not at all strong but it’s a lovely scent nonetheless.

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The actual scrub is made from Sugar and Fine Sea Salt to exfoliate and remove dead skin.  It’s actually rather abrasive when in use, and especially when it’s dry so it might be best to add a little water to it and mix it up into your hands before scrubbing your skin if you’d prefer a gentler exfoliation. Like with all of Lush’s solid sugar scrubs, if Aurora Borealis gets too wet it can fall apart, so it’s a good idea to break off a piece each time you use it so you’re not wasting any. A real bonus is that it looks so pretty when you’re using it with all the colours that cover your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt so beautifully refreshed and polished and I was surprised to notice that the quiet scent was actually lingering on my skin for a while after! In conclusion, Aurora Borealis was a nice shower companion and I’d happily grab one again next time I’m in Manchester! Let me know if you’ve had a chance to use this exclusive product!

Ingredients 

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Pineapple Powder, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2

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Love Island Body Scrub

If you haven’t heard of the TV show ‘Love Island’ then you’ve probably been living under a rock as it has really surged in popularity, especially since the revival series started in 2015. It follows a group of single people who have to find love and stay with their partner in hopes of winning. It’s really the ultimate in trash TV but it’s kinda one you can’t not enjoy. As ever, Lush love to try and stay on trend with youth culture so it’s no surprise they named a product after the show.

Love Island is a body scrub that’s slightly on the small side but is pretty inexpensive too. You can either use the whole thing each time or pinch little pieces off and I think the latter is better for longevity. You definitely don’t want to hold the product directly under the water as once it becomes too wet, it easily breaks apart and you don’t want to waste any! You can do what I did, and cut it up into quarters before getting it anywhere near the shower.

It’s made up of a mixture of Sugar, Sea Salt and Sand, which provide a vigorous scrub to remove dead skin and dirt. If you’re in need of a rather abrasive scrub then this might be for you as it’s a lot more exfoliating than the likes of Scrubee or Rub Rub Rub. Even with light pressure, I still found it scratchy and coarse on my skin, which to be honest did the job extremely well and my skin felt super smooth and polished. The scrub also contains Aloe Vera Extract, Cocoa Powder and Potato Starch, all of which will soothe any irritation left behind.

Love Island is scented with the Love Perfume scent, a scent described as being like sweet spiced apples mixed with sensual florals. The scent of Jasmine Absolute is definitely one of the strongest in the scent and is what gives off the deep, seductive side to the fragrance, alongside sweeter floral notes from Ylang Ylang and Rose. Whereas Bergamot and Lemongrass add a brighter, uplifting side and give the citrusy notes which complete the scent. I’m a big fan of Love so I’m thrilled to have another product in the range.

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The scent is actually relatively strong as a whole product and it even grows in strength under the hot water as you get the product working, however sadly if you’re adding other scented products then it’s unlikely to stick around. Saying that, if you happen to have a Love Atmosphere waiting to be used, perhaps now is definitely the time to use it paired with this scrub.

Whilst you’re not going to get a great amount of uses out of one, I still think it’s a good product and its cheap enough that if you wanted more you can buy two or three at once. But if it’s something you’re really enjoying make sure you get back into a Lush store to grab some before stocks run out!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sand, Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Sugar Plum Fairy Body Scrub

Another new product for Christmas 2018! They really treated us this year!

Both the colour and the name would have you suspect that Sugar Plum Fairy was related to the Plum Rain range of products. And whilst it does share similar ingredients, it’s actually a very different smell. One that’s actually more like the blackcurrant vibes from The Comforter, than anything Plum Rain.

A mixture of Umeboshi Plum (a type of pickled plum, popular in China) gives fruity notes whereas Sweet Wild Orange Oil sweetens the deal and is responsible for giving it sickly fragrance that reminds me of grape soda and fizzy drinks from my childhood. It’s perfectly suited for those with a sweet tooth (or nostril) but much like with the lip scrub, it’s a bit too much for me.

Both the plum and the orange have antiseptic and toning qualities to cleanse and refresh your skin but the main feature of Sugar Plum Fairy is obviously the exfoliant.

Larger grains of Caster Sugar are mixed with smaller grains of Sea Salt to give your skin a perfect exfoliation all over. Once you’re in the shower and rubbing the product over your body you can really feel it doing it’s work. If you’re not a fan of harsher scrubs then you might want to soften the scrub in the water first before using. Because it is basically just sugar and salt it softens quite easily.

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However because of this, this scrub sadly doesn’t last very long. It does depend on how much you use of course, but I couldn’t really get more than two showers from it because it breaks down so easily. It might be better breaking it into smaller chunks first, rather than using the whole thing but personally, it’s not a very expensive product, so I don’t mind too much.

It’s an amazing scrub and it’s perfect for a good and deep exfoliation but although my skin does feel beautifully soft and polished after using it, sadly I’d much rather a different fragrance.

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Umeboshi Plum, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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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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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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