Body Scrubs, Shower

Cookie Dough Body Scrub

Alongside the six brand new and limited edition shower gels Lush released online this month, they also released a body scrub designed after the currently Liverpool exclusive lip scrub Cookie Dough. After absolutely living for the lip scrub, I just had to pick up Cookie Dough Body Scrub.

As soon as you pop open the lid, you’re immediately greeted by a warm, nutty aroma that to be honest, reminds me of marzipan, cherry bakewells and buttery caramel more than actual cookie dough. But it’s still a mouthwatering and indulgent scent that just makes me want to grab a spoon and eat it, it looks lust like chocolate ice cream too! Compared to the lip scrub, it replicates the scent well but I find the body scrub’s aroma is a lot deeper and stronger.

The scent is actually made from a number of different ingredients. Vanilla Absolute gives a strong sweet and comforting aroma with Almond Essential Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Pistachio Oil adding those nutty undertones. Balsam Fir Resin has a unique fresh and woody scent whilst Cocoa Powder and Carob Resinoid offer a rich and chocolatey ‘baked’ aroma.

Whilst Lush have chosen to call this product a body scrub, I’m tending to think of it as more of a body cleanser, as I don’t really think it’s exfoliating enough to warrant actually being named a body scrub. It contains a generous amount of Granulated Sugar and Fine Sea Salt but its consistency feels much more doughy, like that of a fresh facial cleanser rather than the likes of Rub Rub Rub.

Due to this unique texture, I did find that cookie dough took a while to get used to. I scooped out a piece but really had to press it into my skin under the water to get it going. I actually preferred to roughly work it between my hands before smoothing over my body. The lather it produces is one of the creamiest I’ve ever experienced from Lush and once it was really working it felt so velvety and luxurious on my skin.

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Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils are highly nourishing and protective for the skin. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E to support the skin’s overall health and oleic acid, which is an effective emollient, locking in moisturise. Integrated with soothing Aloe Vera Extract and skin softening Cornflour and Cocoa Powder, it really feels sublime.

As if this wasn’t good enough already, I was practically salivating in my shower because the scent’s strength doesn’t falter whatsoever. It fact, the sweetness really fills your senses as you’re smoothing it over your body and it sticks to the skin unlike anything. I was honestly still smelling it hours after my shower. I’m so impressed and so happy.

In conclusion, Cookie Dough is a fabulous product. I wish it was a little more exfoliating as I don’t really notice a difference where that’s concerned but if you’re wanting a gentle and light scrub then it might really work for you. Other than that, I’m in love and I reckon it’d make a great addition to the year round range. There’s definitely space for it!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour, Talc, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Perfume

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Coco Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we had a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version named Coco!

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. It can be so scratchy to start with!

Moreover, if you let the whole scrub get wet, it’s not going to last as long as it would if you keep it dry, using smaller pieces when needed. This way I found I got five good uses out of it.

Like Cocoa contains a fair amount of Cocoa Butter to add a hydrating quality, Coco similarly contains Coconut Oil, though in a smaller quantity. During use, I didn’t find that it felt as soft and as creamy as it’s chocolate cousin does but it exfoliated just as well. The protective and soothing Coconut Oil combines with Cream of Tartar and Potato Starch to ensure a creamier lather but it just wasn’t the same as Cocoa was.

This limited edition scrub further contains Coconut Flour as another, finer exfoliant. The Coconut Flour Lush use is produced by a project in Simeulue, an Indonesian island in Sumatra. Locals and activists here are fighting plans for a palm oil factory by showing that coconut harvesting is a more sustainable source of income in an area already threatened with deforestation. Coconut harvesting would not lead to further deforestation as the project only fell older trees that no longer bear fruit, replacing them with saplings for future generations.

Green Enterprise, who run the project, work across three neighbouring islands which they have leased for 25 years for coconut harvesting and re-planting trials. They are helping small-scale farmers to reach organic certification and also to trial intercropping plants like ginger, turmeric and pepper to make unproductive land productive once more and to help prevent deforestation in the area. In addition to these schemes, Green Enterprises also run and support a number of projects across the islands including schooling for local children, marine and turtle conservation and a plastic recycling initiative. They are also looking at the potential of training bird poachers as bird guides, offering an alternative income stream to them and encouraging conservation. These are just one of many ethical producers that Lush support by choosing to purchase from.

Coco has a rather coconutty scent as you’d imagine it to have, much like the Furze scent family, or more similarly like the scent of Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo, which features the same three essential oils. The creamy, familiar aroma of Vanilla Absolute meets sweet Benzoin Resinoid and warming, earthy Vetivert Oil which creates a coconut-esque scent quite nicely. Whilst I do like it, there is just something about it that seems a tad synthetic about the fragrance and therefore slightly off putting.

I found that during the shower, sadly the scent doesn’t have much staying power once’s it’s been washed off the skin, nor could I smell it on my body after stepping out. My skin was however, noticeably softer and smoother thanks to the ever so slightly painful scrub.

Which did you go for? Cocoa or Coco? Or if you went for both, which did you prefer? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Coconut Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Colour 45380:2

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Cocoa Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we have a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version called Coco.

Cocoa has a smell not too dissimilar to that of Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. It’s a comforting fragrance of Cocoa Powder along with sweet Vanilla and Cocoa Absolutes, which makes it smell like chocolate cake mixture! Cocoa also features Mimosa Absolute, which gives the scrub a fresh and floral undertone.

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. Also on that note, you don’t really want to let the whole product get too wet so it’s best to keep it out of the shower else it’ll become soggy and fall apart.

After I got through the initial pain of using a piece that was much too solid for my skin, I found that Cocoa turned into a nice, effective scrub. The scrub actually felt really creamy and luxurious, much different to the solid sugar scrubs I’ve used recently such as Love Island and Aurora Borealis and this is likely due to the addition of Cocoa Butter in the mix. The Columbian Cocoa Butter in this product comes from the Communidad de Paz de San Jose de Apartado, which is a north-western Colombian community committed to peace amidst violent clashes between left-wing guerrilla fighters, right-wing paramilitary groups and the army. Just one of the many incredible places Lush source and buy their ingredients from.

Cocoa also contains Aloe Vera Extract which is one of the best ingredients to soothe irritation and calm redness on the skin. Likewise, the three absolutes the scrub contains are known to have soothing effects on the skin too. These ingredients help prevent the skin from getting too irritated by the scrub.

I found that during the shower the chocolatey scent was really powerful and was really filling my senses whilst I was scrubbing my body, but sadly it didn’t remain on my skin very much after. My skin was super smooth afterward though, a feeling that was still very much there the morning after my shower.

To conclude, I really like this scrub, I can tell it’s going to last me a good four or five uses after the initial one so it’s pretty good value for money in my opinion. Grab one whilst you still can because the Easter range won’t be around for much longer!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocoa Powder, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

Rub Rub Rub was one of the first products I ever used from Lush. I was gifted it by a friend once and it quickly became one of my favourite products. It still has a special place in my heart, but after falling deep into the Lush product well, it’s somewhat been replaced by other more exciting products.

It’s important to exfoliate your skin from time to time. Regular, gentle exfoliation will get your skin glowing all year round. That’s because pores can become clogged with dead skin cells and everyday grime, and unclogging them helps your skin to look brighter and feel cleaner. The skin continuously creates new skin cells and removes the dead ones, so by exfoliating, you’re encouraging this process and helping remove the dead skin.

Rub Rub Rub is an interesting scrub. It’s full of hand-harvested Sea Salt as the exfoliant, but it’s got a rather wet consistency too due to the amount of Water and Lemon Juice in it. Lemon Juice is amazingly beneficial for the skin; Lemons are an excellent source of citric acid and vitamin C which cleanse and brighten the skin and help strip away excess oils. Although it sounds like a lot, Rub Rub Rub is actually fairly gentle and leaves behind silky soft skin.

Because of it’s wet consistency, you could describe it as an exfoliating shower gel. It actually lathers up just like one too due to the lathering agents it contains and once it mixes with water, it turns ever so soft and feels really gorgeous on the skin. You don’t just have to use it on wet skin either, if you’ve got tougher skin, you may want to try applying it to dry skin for a stronger scrub before stepping in the shower.

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This vibrant blue shower scrub also features a bright and refreshing fragrance that’s made up of Lemon, Jasmine, Orange Flower and Mimosa. Although if you’d imagine what a mixture of lemon and salt would smell like, then that’s essentially the main smell with subtle fresh floral notes in the background. The main floral aroma comes from Jasmine and Mimosa Absolutes, the latter of which which has a sweet and energising fragrance. Mimosa flowers also contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate, soothe and firm the skin. The scent also remains on you for a good while after using it!

Rub Rub Rub is pretty versatile, and you can actually use it on your hair too. The Lemon Juice is great at removing excess oils and sebum, whilst the Sea Salt gently exfoliates the scalp and adds volume. If you’ve not tried it before, definitely give it a go!

Although I said my love for Rub Rub Rub is growing stale, in truth, it reignites every time I use it when I remember how great a product it is. It’s also a classic Lush product so if you’ve not tried it yet then you should really think about doing so!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon Oil, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410

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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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Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

With the name Don’t Look At Me, it’s rather ironic that this is one of Lush’s brightest face masks with it’s bright blue colouring! You can’t not look!

Arguably the best thing about Don’t Look At Me is just how exfoliating it is. Even though it’s a face mask first and foremost, it contains super scrubby around rice to remove dead skin cells when you’re taking it off, just like a face scrub.

Don’t Look At Me has quite a rich, yet wet texture, which means it’s really easy to apply and there aren’t any big chunks like in other face masks. Along with cleansing Kaolin and Glycerine, it actually features a lot of skin softening ingredients. Silken Tofu has a high protein content and lots of vitamins, meaning it’s fantastic for moisturising and improving the condition of skin. Murumuru Butter is also loaded with vitamins and has a high content of deeply moisturising oleic acid. Furthermore, Rice Syrup and Rice Milk have also been added for their soothing and softening properties.

Although I may have made it sound otherwise, I wouldn’t call Don’t Look At Me that moisturising. It’s softening, yes, but I do find it can be slightly drying on my combination skin. It actually features enzymically cleansing Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil and a high amount of Fresh Lemon Juice. When something is enzymically cleansing, it means it breaks down any dirt and excess sebum with the help of enzymes, therefore making certain ingredients great at helping break down excess oils on the skin. Lemon Juice is perfect at this as well as being toning and brightening on the skin. I’d definitely recommend this mask to anyone with oilier skin types but if you are using it on drier skin, just make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after.

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Whenever I use Don’t Look At Me, my skin always feels so smooth and refreshed. The exfoliant works so well, I literally feel like I’m wearing new skin and there’s always a noticeable glow as well, so I love to use Don’t Look At Me before a big event!

However, one thing I really dislike about this mask, is the scent. I think it’s just how sharp the overall citrus aroma is, and mixed with the other ingredients it just doesn’t sit well with my nose. It’s sadly a big reason why I don’t use Don’t Look At Me more often.

Take a look at this fresh face mask here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Glycerine, Rice Syrup, Ground White Rice, Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter, Bentone Gel, Rice Milk, Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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