“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Scrub „
Sugar babe from lush is a sugar body scrub for use in the shower. It is used to exfoliate the skin and keep it silky smooth.
The shape and packaging annoyed me a bit and I struggled to get my hands on the scrub. The scrub is in a dome shape and the plastic case is the same shape. The scrub opens at the flat end where the whole of the bottom comes off - this made it absolutely impossible to get any scrub out. I couldn't move it in any way to break some off and in my struggle I ended up dropping it which broke some bits off. Now that the first chunk has been broken off I can easily get it out whenever I need it, but the first use was very annoying! The packaging isn't resealable so I can't keep it in my shower which is a bit annoying; the product can't get wet when not in use because it's made of sugar and kind of dissolves. So don't leave it anywhere where it will get wet!
Using the product is easy. You just break a bit off and rub it over your damp skin in the shower before washing off. It foams up a bit as you rub it in and it does feel quite coarse. It doesn't hurt, but I guess it is a little rough and slightly uncomfortable. I usually use my body brush while it's still on my skin to really rub it in. As I've mentioned before the product can't get wet when not in use so break a bit off to use rather than just rubbing the whole block onto your skin as you do with something like a pumice stone; this will stop the product from crumbling away altogether.
The effect is exactly what I wanted - it keeps my skin really smooth after shaving. I use it mostly on my legs, but every now and then I'll use it all over to increase circulation on my whole body. Combined with my body brush I have noticed a slight reduction in cellulite, but this may just be because of the body brush. The scrub contains moisturising coconut oil which I love and it really does moisturise.
I'd say the scrub (100g) lasts about 8 or 9 uses for me if I mostly just use it on my legs. I am quite generous with it, but you need to use quite a lot each time. I often end up dropping some as well which wastes it.
The scrub is perfumed with Ylang flowers and Mimosa blossom, but I struggle to smell anything if I'm honest. I don't mind this because I use a lot of strong smelling shower gels (which I use after the scrub) so any smell would just be masked anyway.
As with a lot of my Lush reviews, I received this item as part of a gift box at Christmas time. It is currently unavailable on the Lush website as I think it might have been a Christmas-themed product. It may well be available this Christmas, but there is an alternative - the green sugar scrub which I have not tried, but the principle is the same. As I did not buy my Sugar Babe I don't know the price, but the green sugar scrub is £2.75 per 100g.
I give it 4/5 because the product is great, but the packaging is too difficult. Hopefully we'll see it again soon!
I got the Sugar Babe as a part of one of the boxes I got for my birthday, and I've only really got round to trying it, and as I've heard very good things from my friends about how it improved their skin and made their skin feel so soft and smooth. So I was so excited but abit confused about what the product does to my skin.
The picture is of the product, which basically is a white/beige colour, with a very rough texture, which is similar to sugar when it clumps together, and I have to say I was a little shocked about how the product feels, I knew it would hurt my skin! The product comes in a plastic dome, which is a real advantage as the shower, where I store it, would completely dissolve the product. The lid is a plastic paper lid, which has the product name, ingredients list (the main ingredient being fair trade sugar) and also a description about how to use the product. The one thing I think is missing is how it would effect the skin, as to be honest, I had very little idea about what the product would do to my skin, the texture hinted that it was a rough skin remover/body scrub.
Using the product is simply, once you have tried it a couple of times, as you start to understand and change it to your tastes and needs. The basic idea is that once your skin is wet, you rub the solid scrub over your body, but in my opinion, it was way to harsh on my skin, it was like rubbing a stone over my skin! But I felt that breaking bits off, and then rubbing is nicer, but also the more wet the parts of the scrub get the softer they become, which makes it much nicer to apply to skin.
I felt that applying the scrub to my thighs, where the dreaded cellulite is, would help the appearance of my skin, but also help circulation in the body. But the scrub can be applying to any part of your body, although I wouldn't advise using it on your face, it's way to harsh. Personally using the Sugar Babe was way to harsh for my skin, I didn't really like using it and there are plenty of body scrubs that don't hurt and even caused red parts to my skin while using it!
I was completely expecting the Sugar Babe to live up to the gorgeous smells that Lush have, and it really does! The smell is really perfume like, which is apparently ylang flowers and mimosa blossom, which gives the product such a flowery scent, which is really nice, but in the solid form the smell is quite strong, but it does fade when it is applied to the body, there is a lingering hint of the scent on your body, which is gorgeous, but slightly faint.
Using the scrub on my legs, was really beneficial! As they felt much smoother, but also it did help the look of cellulite on my thighs, as the skin looked much more smoother, which meant there was less cellulite marks on my legs, but it did not completely get rid of the appearance, but helped. Using the scrub on my arms also helped the feel of the skin, it felt much smoother and softer, which was a great advantage, but not any different from other products I've tried. On the heels of my feet, it helped remove dead skin, but make them look softer and nice, perfect for sandals!
I did like the Sugar Babe, it helped cellulite and made my skin feel much softer, but I wouldn't recommend the product, it works, but other products do exactly the same thing, and using the product was to harsh and I just didn't like it. It's okay, but nothing special.
Sugar Babe body scrub is available at Lush stores and Lush online (www.lush.co.uk) and costs £2.65 for 100g, and the scrub does last quite a while, defiantly good value for money.
Having tried Lush's original sugar scrub a number of times, I was pleased to get the chance to give the more sweet and girly A Sugar Babe a go. I received mine as part of a Wild Child gift set, but they are available to buy separately for £2.60, the same price as the original A Sugar Scrub.
A Sugar Babe is described as a gentler alternative to the other sugar scrub. It comes in a half sphere shape and is white in colour with a pink centre. It is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar, coconut oil to moisturise and fair trade sugar. The scrub is scented with mimosa and ylang ylang for sweetness, and also contains beeswax absolute to soothe and for its antiseptic properties; unfortunately this does mean that the product is unsuitable for vegans. Coconut oil also, apparently, can help with eczema and psoriasis.
The first time I used the Sugar Babe, I used it whole and rubbed it over my wet skin in the shower (out of the way of the shower head, or else it would have dissolved). I used it mainly on my legs and elbows and noticed that it smelled lovely - very floral and girly and fresh - and seemed to be softer to the skin than the original Sugar Scrub. After this first use, I kept it in an old washed-out black pot. It broke into pieces quite easily, which confirmed my impression that it was softer than the other scrub. From then on, I took the tub into the bathroom with me and broke off a piece to use when I wanted to. The scrub seems to be lasting well, as I've been using it two or three times a week for around a month now and still have half of it left.
The scrub is tough enough to be effective, but soft enough to be used all over the body. I think the pink centre may have something to do with the softness - the oils in the centre seem to seep out and permeate the rest of the scrub keeping it softer and more easily breakable than the original Sugar Scrub, which can sometimes be a bit scratchy. It is pretty to look at, and smells lovely.
I think this is my joint favourite scrub of all time (alongside Soap and Glory's Flake Away). An advantage of it being made of sugar is that there is no risk of the scrub clogging up your plughole (this is why, as a teenager, I was banned from using body scrubs as my parents were convinced the ground shells in the scrubs would get stuck in the pipes). The sugar will just dissolve and disappear in the water.
Unlike some other items from Lush, which are expensive but value for money, and others which are just expensive, this scrub is actually pretty cheap at just £2.60. I definitely recommend it!
Now as you may have seen i slightly ( yes this is an exageration ) like lush. I also slightly like exfoliating as i am a fake tan warrior and ambassodor. I was at lush having a good look around when i saw some sugar .... yes sugar .... but not any kind of sugar .... white exfoliating sugar! Ok ok i know you could probably make your own sugar scrub at home for next to nothing but hey i cant be bothered to do that! I had a look and thought hmmmm exfoliating sugar, but then i though wait aren't i sweet enough already? Well yeah but i guess you can always be sweeter :D So i strutted to the counter with my anti lush staff mechanism which creates a force field around me so that they can't try and sell me the rest of the shop! Just becuase i told the woman i liked pink, she tried to get me to buy the think pink gift!!!
So i took my little babe home with me and set to work. Now as you know sugar dissolves quicker than jordans resolutions to not get remarried. So you do have to proceed with EXTREME caution or it will be gone before you know it. There are two of these scrubs, there is also a green one which i have reviewed before ( its ebil!! ). This is the softer and less brutal one, so i thought what time is it? ITS CHICO TIME! Well no it was scrub time ;)
How to use:
1. Now you can do two things either just grab it and rub on your body or break its into bits and use it like that. I just use it whole, making sure water is well away!
2. Rub all over in circular motions, the best places to use it are on the thighs, stomach, rough areas like elbows. You can use it everywhere obviously but these are the best ones. Now when you exfoliate it gets the blood moving and pumping, which makes your skin glow and can help breakdown your cellulite. After you exfoliate drink a litre of water to help the body detox. Your skin will look alot better trust me!
3. Rinse off any remaining sugar and store the scrub in a nice and dry place.
The centre of the scrub also has a lovely and soft moistursing pink centre, which you can rub in for extra softening. Now sugar babe is not as brutal as her evil twin, but if you are to rough you will get scratched, which i would prefer to leave to my cat! But if you proceed carefully you will be fine. The scrub does exfoliate fairly, its not amazing but is pretty good and it does soften a bit especially as you get to the centre. It has not really helped with my cellulite but the cellulite areas do look healthier! Who knows maybe i''ll give elle macpherson a run for her money and become the legs .... or perhaps not!
Ingredients : Fairtrade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Beeswax Absolute (Apis mellifera), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Perfume, Colour 73360}
There are lots of lovelies in there such as coconut oil which is meant to help with ecezema, i luckily do not get this but i know many people do :( , currently it cost's £2.60 which is ok i guess, but you do not get many uses and i think if you did your whole body you would get about 1 and a half uses to 2. But it has improved my skins condition. It also helps with those red bumps you get on your arm ( which are actually a very mild form of ecezema ). The smell is also pleasant and smells flowery but not overly so. Really flowery products do not appeal to me.
Moisturising to an extent
Helps skin condition
Can scratch you
Not the best exfoliator in the world
So all in all, yes this is a fair product, no it's not amazing but it does help and im sure everyone wants healthier looking skin. I would recommend this over the green scrub as it does not just attack you. It is also good for dryer areas like knees and elbows.
I'm pretty good with my facial skin care regime - I exfoliate, cleanse, moisturise and while my skin looks pretty good I realised recently that I don't do this for the rest of my body. Exfoliating the skin should be an essential part of everyone's skin-care regime, but it is easy to forget! The point of exfoliating is that the scrub used will remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and stimulate the skin to give it a healthy glow. Browsing through the Lush brochure that popped through my letter box recently I spotted their new range of sugar scrubs designed to be used on the body so I decided that next time I visited Lush I would by one.
The one I decided to buy was 'Sugar Babe'. To look at this looks like a big snowball, about the size of a tennis ball and white all over. According to the label in the shop this is a mix of fair trade sugar, sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and coconut oil. Coconut oil is well known for its moisturising properties and can according to the Lush website also reduce psoriasis and eczema.
The next time I had a shower I decided to try this out. The ball is pretty big and it seemed to me that a lot of it would go to waste if I just scrubbed it on my body as it was so I decided to smash it into bits that now resemble a bag of sugar. As with many Lush products this doesn't come with any packaging so I put the scrub into a box that now sits in my bathroom cabinet. Smashing the ball up reveals a surprise in the centre - pink beeswax which is known for its soothing, antiseptic properties.
To use I scooped up a small handful and applied the scrub to wet skin, rubbing in a circular motion. I could feel the sugar grains rubbing against my skin, exfoliating it, but without being harsh. As the sugar mixed with the water it dissolved and felt like it was then moisturising it. This smelt very pleasant. There was the sweet smell of coconut but it also smelt a bit citrussy. I'm not sure why though as I couldn't spot any citrus type ingredients in the list! This in my opinion would be a good scrub to use in the morning to perk yourself up.
Once all the sugar had melted I rinsed this off to reveal very soft, healthy looking skin, with a slight sheen but in no way greasy. Some of the scrubs that I've used in the past don't melt in this way, leaving grains in the bathtub that then have to be rinsed away, so for me this is an added advantage. Sugarbabe costs £2.60, which I consider very good value for money and I think I'd be able to get around 10 uses out of one ball. Definitely recommended!
Sugar babe is a scrub made my Lush. It costs £2.60 for 100g and is available form any Lush store. You can also buy it online from Lush's website, or through Lush mail order if you don't have a store near you.
The scrub is made from fair trade sugar and was made in honour of Sir Alan Sugar. The scrub is white and in a semi circle shape. As you break into it you will find a soft pink centre in the middle of the scrub. There are many ways to use one of Lush's solid sugar scrubs and each way is down to personal preference.
You can use the scrub directly onto your skin and rub it over the desired area. You can also crumble the scrub and rub a selected amount onto your skin, or you can mix the scrub with a little water and have a softer version if you have particularly sensitive skin. You shouldn't use solid scrubs under running water or a shower, as the sugar will dissolve and you will be left with nothing by the end of your bath or shower!
I prefer to use the scrub by crumbling it and using a handful to rub over the desired areas. I find it's great for using on thighs, bum and legs. It is quite rough, but not as harsh as Lush's other solid sugar scrub. If you are too hard with the scrub it will leave scratches, so make sure that you're gentle until you figure out the right amount of pressure to use for your skin.
The scrub has quite a sweet smell, which is mainly down to it containing coconut oil and ylang ylang. Together these two really compliment each other and give a sweet scent which isn't at all over powering.
Sugar babe contains:
Fairtrade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Beeswax Absolute (Apis mellifera), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Perfume, Colour 73360} (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I like this scrub. It works well and lasts a reasonable amount of time, you just have to be careful not to be to hard with it or you will get scratches.
After coming back of holiday and too much time in the sun and the salt water of the sea I had very dry legs. I tried moisturiser and my skin would be better for a day and then go back to being dry again so I headed to Lush as I'm a big fan of their products and I knew they'd be able to recommend something. The shop assistant pointed me in the direction of their sugar scrubs and I had I look and settled on Sugar Babe. They all come in quite a solid block, a little bit like ballistics.
What Lush say: "One of our aims in life is to make as many things solid as possible and make them naked, free of packaging. Sugar is already solid of course, but it's still a bit tricky to transport. It's a mix of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar, which makes it sound more like a cake than a cosmetic, and moisturising coconut oil. It's scented with perfume made from ylang flowers and mimosa blossom, so that we can all smell sensational, too. Become a sweetly smelling Sugar Babe (without all the arguments)."
Price: I decided on Sugar Babe because of the price, at £2.60 it is the cheapest sugar scrub and as I had just come back from holiday this was important to me. It's a 100g scrub with some of the smaller ones being more expensive so the price isn't too bad. The shop assistant also told me that if you chop the scrub up into squares and keep them in an old Lush tub in the shower it will last longer and be easier to work.
What It Looks Like: Sugar Babe is quite simple, it comes in a half sphere shape which fits on the palm of your hand, the shapes quite useful as it will sit in the shower without falling over or rolling off. It's a very light baby pink, with the Lush logo printed on top. I was quite surprised by the hot pink inside of the scrub, which I discovered when cutting it open, I don't know what the purpose of this is although I presume it contains some different ingredients.
In The Shower: I cut this into cubes as suggested and just used my hands to rub this into my legs, at first it did hurt a little, but this is because of the amount of sugar in there to exfoliate, however if you add a bit more warm water it isn't as bad. I tried it straight off the block and this hurt more than when it was cut into the cubes; it is still pretty rough though. The smell is amazing; with a hint of lavender it's very feminine and slightly floral without being too intense. The most important part though is its effect, my skin was smooth after only one use, completely moisturised I was very impressed with this product!
Overall: This is one of the best products I've used from Lush, I was amazed by how quickly it worked, and it smelt really lovely too. It is a bit rough to use at first but as it works so well I don't mind at all! It's a really cheap product, especially compared to the other sugar scrubs, so a must by for anybody with dry skin, and it lasts quite a while too!
A while ago I reviewed the other sugar scrub that Lush do all year round (simply called A Sugar Scrub), having been given one as part of a set. I liked the scrub, but not enough to pay the price Lush were asking for it, but before I turned my back on the sugar scrubs forever, I decided to give the Sugar Babe a go. As with the Sugar Scrub, it costs £2.60, and has been around for around a year, since the last series of 'the Apprentice', where the contestants visited the Lush factory and had a go at making their own cosmetics. It is a small half sphere of whitish creamy sugar, with a pink centre. Most exfoliators come in tubes, with the exfoliating ingredient being suspended in a cream, but Lush are on a mission to solidify as many of their products as possible, so this comes as a bar. It's quite solid, and doesn't crumble in your hands, but it can be cut with a blunt knife. I cut mine into four roughly equal chunks, and placed the three that I wasn't going to use into a shower proof tin.
OK, so the trick is to get in the shower, wash, and then to wet the sugar scrub (but don't run it under water or it will quickly dissolve), and rub it over your skin. The Sugar Scrub was pretty rough and scratchy, but the Sugar Babe is quite a bit softer, while still being hard enough to give your skin a really good scrub. It's full of coconut oil, which is known for its moisturising properties, and ylang ylang and mimosa fragrances, which smell AMAZING. It lathers a bit while your srubing, and fills the shower with a really pretty floral fragrance. After showering you can really feel a difference in your skin, and I didn't need to use any moisturiser after use. The smell lingers very nicely as well, although not for very long (I would say a couple of hours).
I like this product a lot more than the Sugar Scrub, the smell is more feminine and softer, the product isn't painful to use, and I think for £2.60 you get quite a lot for your money (I'm currently using it once every 4 or 5 days, so it lasts a couple of weeks at least). It won't be for everyone, as the exfoliating is more intense than you would get with most creams, and for some people it's obviously going to be a bit unnecessary, but if you're into the occasional exfoliation then I would recommend this.
I am a huge Lush fan but tend to use body shop scrubs as I love their fruity scent, easy to use formulas and love exfoliating my skin. So when I heard about Lush's solid scrubs I was very excited. I had tried Fairy Tale in the shower but got it too wet it melted in my hands so I did my dooyoo research and tried again with Sugar Babe hoping it owuld change my opinion ....
What is it?
Sugar Babe is yet another solid product from Lush which requires no packaging. You can take it home in the bio-degradable paper bags or bring your owns means to save on wasted packaging. It is a solid body scrub designed to remove dead skin cells leaving cleansed, polished and sparkling skin. Sugar babe costs £2.60 for a 100g solid block. It resembles a white sugary half globe shape.
What's in it?
Sugar Babe contains Fair Trade sugar to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin. The pink centre is made from extra virgin coconut oil and is very moisturising. Ylang flowers and Mimosa give it a soft delicate floral scent.
How to use?
After reading various reviews I was a bit confused on how to use this. I had in the past used Fairy Tale scrub whilst the shower was running and found it disintergrated and dissolved in my hand to a watery slush. I ended up using the scrub in one go which was disappointing. However after reading reviews I decided to follow advice and crumble some off. This proved difficult and I ended up with a palm ful off sugary particles rather than a block or section of the scrub. I then smoothed this onto my skin whilst the shower was turned off. I must agree that although my skin was damp the sugar particles felt a little too sharp and made my skin feel sore. I only wished i could get to the moisturising centre to soothe my skin but i found it too hard to break the scrub into pieces. The idea is turn the shower off, take a chunk and scrub then wash off.
How well did it work?
For me this was a difficult one to answer. It was extremely hard to break off and felt rough and harsh on my skin. Whilst using the scrub my skin felt sore however when I washed it off my skin did feel silky soft and smooth. I did like the scent which was subtle and delicate, a bit like the Sakura ballistic.
Would I recommend?
Sadly not. I wish this product was more straight forward as I don't like having to experiment until it works. It wasn;t straight forward or easy to use. I felt the particles were too harsh on my skin and made it sore. Although it smelt nice and left my skin soft I felt the whole process was fussy and overcomplicated and not worth the hassle. I would love to try again, but after experimenting many times with this one scrub, I am going to give this one a miss until it has some drastic improvements.
For Christmas i was bought a lush gift set which happened to have the sugar babe sugar scrub bar. These bars retail at £2.60 in Lush stores and I had been keen to try one out.
The concept of a sugar scrub is to use in the shower, get the bar all wet and rub over skin, which will give you soft lushous sexy skin!
This was not the case for me. I decided on Valentines day I would have a pamper session in the shower. I was armed with various lush products destined to make me a beauty queen. It was time for the sugar scrub and i made sure it was really wet, I gently rubbed it over my legs. I noticed my legs went bright red and it really hurt. I thought nothing of it as I scrubbed my arms, slightly in pain.
When i got out the shower i was bleeding, and had scratch marks all over me. i was doing it really gently so was very confused. I guess i just have sensitive skin so if you do too i wouldnt recommend it,. My skin wasnt soft and smooth, i looked like a cat had attacked me :-(
I believe if you have tough skin this would be a great product, however a little pricey for something you can use once, twice at a push. I was gutted it didnt work for me, i wouldnt buy it again.
Sugar scrubs are a relatively new product from Lush. The Sugar Babe scrub is one of two currently available (there was a limited edition one over Christmas that isn't available any more). It costs £2.60 and like the majority of Lush solid products comes in a yellow recycleable paper bag with the product information on a sticker.
This is mostly made of sugar with a pink centre packed with moisturising coconut oil. The fragrence is sweet and floral, and not as strong as a lot of Lush products. It left my skin lightly scented after use.
The scrub is dome shaped and fits nicely in the palm of your hand. I found it easier to use by breaking off a little piece at a time though. This stops it getting wet and dissolving. I keep mine in a Lush massage bar metal tin as I've found the square one is the perfect size.
This gives you a gentle exfoliation- it's effective without being scratchy. It left my skin feeling soft and moisturised. I thought the sugar might make me feel sticky even after washing it off, but it didn't.
This is a relatively new product for Lush, introduced in 2009. I bought it because, well, it was sugar and I have a whole mouthful of sweet teeth! Also it was cheap!
Price and packaging:
This is £2.60 for one scrub (100g),as of January 2010, which I think is pretty good value, because if you store it in a tub (I use a Lush body butter tin) and just break off bits to use it will last for quite a few days, if not more! This is what Lush call a 'naked' product, meaning it doesn't need packaging. Theoretically, you could carry this this home in your bare hands, but as most people don't want to, you pop it into a paper bag and the assistant should put a label on it giving you some information about it.
Smell and shape:
This doesn't have a particularly strong smell, which is good if you want to wear perfume without it being overpowered after your bath/shower. Having said that, it is a very nice smell, just not strong. The shape is a hard one to describe. It has a flat bottom, and it's rounded at the top, so it fits into the palm of your hand.
How to use and my opinion:
The best way to use this to crumble it into a water tight container (I use a Lush Body Butter tin) and after washing with gel or whatever, scoop some out and scrub all over. If you use the entire cake on yourself, you will not only get very scratched and sore, but the sugar will melt away much faster. (To stop it melting I recommend switching the shower water off whilst using.) You don't need very much, and if you keep the rest of the scrub in the tin it will last you out.
My opinion? A wonderful scrub for £2.50, very good quality, won't block up the drains because sugar dissolves, and because of the little bit of pink goo (I've heard this is shea butter, not entirely sure, but it smells good and moisturizes.) You don't need to use it very often, making it great value for money.
For Christmas I had a great stash of Lush items off my other half which included a product that I have not used before from Lush. The product was called Sugar Babe.
Sugar babe is a solid sugar scrub that you use on your skin to get rid of all the dead skin and if it has worked correctly with your skin it will leave skin perfectly soft and fresh and this is exactly what Sugar babe achieved. The colour of Sugar babe is an extremely light baby pink with a small red centre. I used the product boxing day and my skin was so soft after even my other half used it straight after me (just don't tell him I told you!) You can use this on your face as well but I would not really recommend this as it is quite scratchy in texture and I believe it would do more damage than good for your face.
The way I used it was that I rubbed it over wet skin but not under the shower - I stepped away to apply and then when enough had gone into my skin I then rubbed with my hands rather than keeping on rubbing the actual scrub into my skin, I feel that this gave it better results other than wetting the sugar scrub also.
The scent is not that strong until you get into the middle and there is a small red bit right in the middle which makes the scent a lot more prominent once you have got to this part. I cannot really say what it really smells like because it is not strong enough for you to say straight away - to be honest it just smells like a normal flower scented soap which is disappointing considering the divine scents of most Lush products.
The scrub does crumble after the second time using the product which is a tad annoying when you are trying to scramble it back together in the shower to say the least!
Sugar Babe can be bought in most Lush stores and is priced at £2.60.
Lush A Sugar Babe
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Body Scrub
I love trying new products and was given one of these sugar scrubs for Christmas from a friend who knows that I am a little addicted to Lush. I often use sugar scrubs but these normally come in a tub in a thick liquid form. This is the first time that I have seen a solid version.
My friend recommended that I break this up rather than using the whole thing to scrub with, I have just read a review of this where the author has done that and said that it went a little soggy so this was good advice!
Lush sell handmade cosmetic products made from all natural ingredients. They don't test on animals and don't use suppliers who test on animals. They also support various charities and projects across the world and are committed to reducing packaging. All orders placed online are sent out packed in popcorn instead of polystyrene!
This product is not suitable for vegans.
The sugar scrub is easy enough to slice up into pieces which can then be used to scrub your skin, I did think that it was a little rougher than the liquid versions that I am used to but once it had gotten damp enough it softened up. Inside the scrub is a blob of pink liquid which feels very oily so it is best to store the bits that you are not using in a sealed tub or bag to prevent this drying out.
The smell is lovely, it is a mixture of floral and coconut and is stronger and sweeter than I had expected, it leaves your skin feeling moisturised with what feels like a thin layer of coconut oil over it. It is probably best to pat yourself dry, too retain as much moisture and hydration as possible.
VEGETARIAN, Fair Trade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Mimosa Absolute (Mimosa tenuiflora), Beeswax Absolute (Cera alba), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Perfume, Colour 73360}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I did like this sugar scrub once I had got used to it but at first it seemed a little awkward to use, between having to cut it up and then soften it slightly with water. The smell was lovely and lasted well on my skin after getting dried which was nice. I think that I prefer liquid ones though because they are softer on your skin, and although this one was a bit rougher, it didn't feel like it was giving me any extra benefit.
3 stars for this one, it smells nice but not nice enough for me to want to bother slicing it, softening it and having to find something to store it in!
A Sugar Babe was one of a few stocking fillers my fiance gave me at Christmas, although it wasn't a surprise as such, as it was on a list of different products that I'd wanted to try. Since becoming pregnant my skin has become quite dry, especially across my bump where it's also incredibly itchy and nothing seems to have helped soothe this. So I'm always looking for new products to improve the condition of my skin in general and especially my belly.
A Sugar Babe is a solid exfoliant from my favourite shop, Lush, and is a beautiful pink tinged white semi-sphere of sugar based goodness. About the size of half a tennis ball, this is sold both in-store and on-line for a very reasonable £2.50 and due to be solid there is a minimum of packaging, mine came in one of Lush's trademark yellow bags with a label telling me what goody was lurking inside.
On opening the bag the first thing that hit me was the subtle, sweet yet slightly floral aroma that this gives off. It's no where nearly as highly scented as most Lush products, it's actually quite a sophisticated scent to my nose. The next thing that hit me was how hard it actually was, it's was very solid and the fair trade sugar crystals seemed quite large and I thought that this was going to be a very rough scrub. Not one to be put off by a little pain I decided to try it out that very night and so ran a bath and had a good long soak before putting the scrub to use.
The first time I used A Sugar Babe I simply held the bar in my hand with the flat side facing outwards and rubbed it over my skin using circular motions until I was covered by a thin layer of sugar crystals in an amazing oil. I then put the bar down and continued to rub these crystals into my skin (in the same circular motion) until they dissolved. What remained on my skin was a non-sticky layer of Ylang Ylang and Mimosa infused coconut oil, that once rinsed away left my skin feeling incredibly soft, moisturised and delicately scented if a little red. On getting out of the bath and drying myself the scent lingered for several hours and my skin felt silky soft for the first time in ages, while the redness disappeared within a few minutes.
After this first use the actual Sugar Babe went a little mushy, even though I hadn't actually placed it in water, the fact my hands and skin were wet, meant that some excess sugar had dissolved. So I placed it in a open container on my bedroom side to dry out, thinking it would go solid again. Unfortunately it didn't quite get back to the level of solidity that it started out at, but it did firm up enough for me to cut into pieces which I've used for subsequent scrubs. On cutting a sticky pink centre full of oil was revealed, which while looking pretty was harder to use and slipped out of my hand when trying to scrub. I've since used the scrub twice more, this time just pinching a small amount at a time off the now much softer pieces and have had just as good results. My skin looks and feels much healthier and even my bump is far less itchy. I've even used it on the ridiculously thick, dry skin on the heels of my feet and it's improved them no end. Even better I've still got enough left for at least two more full-body scrubs, so it's worked out at only 50p a scrub, which for Lush is incredibly cheap.
In case you haven't guessed, I love this scrub and it's effect on my skin. As far as I'm concerned it's as good, if not better, than some high end scrubs I've tried, but it doesn't contain any nasty chemicals, does contain ingredients that haven't been tested on animals, is vegetarian friendly and even the sugar it contains is fair-trade, meaning the farmers are paid a fair price. My partner also asked in-store and was told it is safe to use when pregnant (some essential oils are not safe in pregnancy, but he was informed all Lush products are safe). So far I've used this with the Creamy Candy and Wee Harry and it complemented both of them perfectly and left my skin beautifully moisturised without greasiness (unlike the Buffy scrub). I love this so much that I've just ordered two more so my skin will be soft and radiant for the foreseeable future and am therefore giving this 5 stars out of five.
*Full ingredients can be found on the Lush website