“ Brand: Lush / Scrub / Type: Body Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I love Lush and most of its lovely products. I also love anything which promises to banish my number one enemy, cellulite, which I why I bought the Sugar Scrub.
About the product
The product promises to exfoliate the skin with Fair Trade sugar, removing the dead and dulling skin cells to reveal the shiny, healthy ones underneath. It claims that it will leave the skin smoother and brighter, and also that it will help to banish cellulite on the thighs. It contains fennel to draw toxins from the skin, lavender to boost the blood circulation as well as lavender to calm and soothe the skin.
How do you use the product?
You need to dampen the skin and then scrub the skin with the product. You need to ensure that you don't get the product in the path of running or bath water because it will dissolve. Once you have finished massaging your skin with the scrub, you rinse the excess away.
Appearance and Price
The product is green in colour and half of a circular shape. There isn't really any pattern or decoration on this product and it just had a gritty appearance. You can buy 100 grams of this scrub for about £3 and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online websites.
The product has relaxing herbal aroma which isn't particular what I go for in a product of this type but it is pleasant none the less. It doesn't smell too strong or overpowering, and it doesn't become sickly. The bar is solid and you can feel the gritty particles simply by running your finger over the product and it made me worried that it was going to hurt.
You need to apply the product to damp skin. I tried using the flat side of the product on my skin but I found it too hard and scratchy. When I tried applying the product using just a little bit of pressure, I found it still scrapped my skin. I've found this product works better by breaking off a section of the scrub, grinding it down and then mixing it with a shower gel. When used like this, it doesn't hurt but you can feel it doing a good job.
The product makes the skin tingle a little but it doesn't irritate my skin or cause me discomfort when used in this way. It is easily rinsed off and most of the product dissolves away so there is little mess. Once my skin is dry, it does feel incredibly smooth. All signs of dry and flaky skin are gone although my skin does feel a bit tight after use so it's not softening. The product hasn't really affected my cellulite although the massaging action is bound to help eventually.
All in all, this is a hard and abrasive scrub which is not for the faint hearted. It can be made more gentle by mixing small pieces into shower gel and when used in this way it does make my legs incredibly smooth. It has a relaxing aroma and it does brighten the skin, although I haven't seen a reduction in my cellulite unfortunately. This is a good scrub but it's a time consuming one so I probably wouldn't repurchase.
Thanks to my Mother, I have recently become a scrubber. Not just any old scrubber either, but a green one. Both of my recent trials of Lush's solid scrubs have involved bright green products- one for the feet (Stepping stone) and then this one. This is the "scrubbier" of the two and is probably one of my favourite Lush products so far (apart from Creamy Candy which I am still mainlining - such is its divinity).
"Do you want to scrub up nicely?
A skin cocktail of sugar, grated ginger and fresh fennel to liven up tired skin and sort out any lumpy bumpy bits..."
Yes indeedy, this scrub is super effective and packed with ingredients that pummel the heck out of a lazy backside. Being a fan of both fennel and fresh ginger, I knew that I would love this from the label.
A HALF MOON OF LOVELINESS:
This is a semi-circular solid scrub which is a fresh green colour. It is very solid and contains predominantly sugar in granulated form. Initially it looks too hard to do much with, but as soon as you add water it starts to disintegrate and this is when the magic happens. Although water causes it to fall to bits slowly, it does not happen in the same way as with Stepping stone, which positively falls apart at the slightest sniff of moisture. This one takes more work and as a result is slightly easier to manage.
The texture of the scrub is fairly gritty as you use it and it feels quite harsh initially. If you are looking for a proper and powerful scrub then you will love this. Those with sensitive skins may wish to dissolve it a little first or use it with a shower gel or oil.
HOW TO USE IT:
You can either chip chunks off of the circle and use them to scrub with your hands, or you can use the whole thing like I did. I basically ran it under the tap and started scrubbing on wet skin. It did not fall to bits but care must be taken afterwards. More on that later.
This sugar scrub efficiently gets rid of dead skin and leaves the skin feeling very zingy. I did wonder initially if it was actually scratching the skin surface and therefore damaging it, but it certainly does not seem to do this. There are oils included in this to make the experience a moisturising one, and the scent is very delicious.
The inclusion of fresh ginger and fennel serve the function of stimulating the skin as well as detoxing it. Therefore this scrub is superb for cellulite. As you scrub the skin, the bar leaves a very slight layer of oil which does not feel greasy. I imagine that this protects the skin as you scrub the hell out of it. The scent and feel of this product is very stimulating and invigorating, and it would be a great product to use in the mornings. It is also unisex, the aroma being spicy and slightly aniseed, and this scent is not overpowering after use.
I found that I did not need to use much of this product at all to get a good effect. I also found that once I had used it, the dampness from my initial use made the bar sodden around the edges, making it easier to break pieces off to use again.
GETTING THE MOST FROM THE SCRUB:
I would recommend storing it in a dry container, I put mine in a jar after drying it out on an open wire soap dish. You will get some inevitable melting on the edges but this way you lose less product and get far more use from it. I have used this (and the Stepping stone foot scrub) for over a week and I still have half of it left.
The best way to get the most from this scrub is to chip pieces off, but I could not be bothered. I found that careful use directly on the skin, alongside minimal moisture still meant that I had loads left and it did not fall to bits.
The after effects of the scrub are a slight tingle to the skin, which feels very polished and soft. This is a scrub that means business and I am not sure how those with sensitive skin would fare, but for me it was wonderful. Afterwards my skin felt really supple and moisturised. My skin also had a fresh aroma, and there was a slight "heat" from the ginger, which if you use a lot of ginger you will recognise. Ginger is a very warming root and the skin feels toned afterwards. As I have said, I have been using this for over a week now and my skin is amazingly soft and looks healthy. I have pretty blemish free skin anyway but I do have dry patches on my knees and elbows, so I have concentrated on these. I am very happy with the performance of this scrub and will continue to purchase it.
THE GOOD STUFF:
Fennel oil is a diuretic and is excellent for removing toxins from the skin. It has a soft aniseed scent which works very well with the ginger. Ginger is very good for improving blood flow to the area as well as detoxing. Combine this with some lavender and you have a product that makes you feel very zingy afterwards. Not bad for a big old lump of green sugar!
The aroma is fresh and clean and perfect for summer time. This is particularly effective for exfoliating the hairs on the legs prior to waxing, as it gets the skin all soft and reduces the incidence of ingrown hair.
I have used this all over my body including my face (although I did not scrub too hard with it on my face), and I have had no bad reaction to it. It is highly effective and leaves me feeling really fresh and alive. I recommend it 100% and have just ordered some more!
Sugar scrub is Vegan and has no preservatives.
There are a few chemical nasties in this but they are minimal.
Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Fennel, Fennel Oil, Lavender Oil, Fresh Ginger Root, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin
*occurs naturally in essential oils
This scrub is available at Lush stores and online, priced at £2.75 for 100g
As a fan of Lush and a sucker for a gadget, I bought Lush's A Sugar Scrub with visions of gaining smooth legs with a simple to use product which did not have a clinical smell and kind to animals and the environment -Lush's ethos. When my scrub arrived it smelt lovely and I could not wait to try it out. I followed the instructions I had read from the Lush Times (the chain's own publication) and tried not to hold the scrub under the running water -if this is done it erodes the product very quickly and melts away in your hand, however also holding the product with wet hands makes it dissolve too which is not what I expect from a product which is used when wet, so so rapidly at least. Applying the scrub to my legs was very painful, personally I like something which is rough so I know it is doing what it is designed for, however this was not something I could withstand, it's harsh texture felt like I was being scratched for no apparent reason. The residue it left on the bath caddy was also quite annoying as it left a green trace, I needed to use the packaging to stop it from going everywhere. I would not buy this product again, I attempted to give it a second and third go just to use the product and check I wasn't doing anything wrong, but to no avail. I did not see any results after usage!
Lush are a well known company who make fresh handmade cosmetics using only natural ingredients and none of their products are tested on animals. Their products can be slightly pricey, how-ever they are of good quality and they do produce fantastic results. Some of their products include Bubble Bars, Soap, Shower Scrubs and Gels, Hair Treatments, Perfume, Skin Toners, Cleansers, Moisturisers, Body Butters and Massage Bars. They also sell lip balms/scrubs, Shaving Creams and Deodorants. You can find more information about their products, where their shops are and information about their Ethical Campaigns on their website which is www.lush.co.uk.
***LUSH SUGAR SCRUB***
This Sugar Scrub from Lush is made from exactly what you think . . . sugar! The scrub stimulates circulation which helps tackle cellulite and the calming lavender encourages healthy skin. The scrub also contains Fennel Oil which helps stimulates the circulation. The powdered ginger also helps to stimulate circulation and also warms the skin. All these natural ingredients help to create a perfect sugar scrub to keep you skin looking healthy and glowing. The product is also made with fair-trade Sugar. The Sugar Scrub is green in colour and is a circular shape but with a flat bottom to it, to make it easy to hold and use when in the shower. The Scrub is a pale green colour and has a slight smell to it which smells slightly of ginger, but this isn't unpleasant or over-powering and is quite bearable. You can buy the product online from www.lush.co.uk or you can buy it from one of their stores, which will cost you £2.60 for 100g.
***WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO EXFOLIATE THE SKIN?***
Just like snakes shedding skin around every 25 days human's shed their skin cells, which makes room for new skin cells, ready to take their place. Exfoliating your skin removes these dead skin cells which can often cause dull looking skin, black-heads, rough texture and uneven appearance. If you exfoliate the skin this also helps moisturisers and other body products to work more effectively. Exfoliating is also good for circulation and can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and the orange peels look which can occur in woman on the thigh's and stomach.
***USING THE PRODUCT***
It's best to break this product into 4 separate pieces as this dissolves very quickly and you don't want to use it all in one go. I don't have a shower so have to use this product when I'm in the bath and I do this by standing up and then rubbing the scrub over my body, paying particular attention to my knees, elbows and thighs. I don't feel as though I need to apply this anywhere else apart from my problem areas. I use the scrub on my knees and elbows as they sometimes get dry and I use it on my thigh's to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and to help tone them up. Be careful not to put this scrub into too much contact with water when you use it as it does dissolve very quickly. The scrub is easy to hold and apply and is quite rough and scratchy on your skin, so I wouldn't advise people with sensitive skin to use this product. There is a slight smell to the product but I can't really determine what it smells like. After using the scrub I simply rinsed/washed it off.
When I got out the bath I did notice that my legs and the areas where I used the scrub were slightly red so I would advise you to try this product first before using it when preparing for a night out on the town. The redness did disappear quickly and I used some moisturiser afterwards to make my skin super smooth and soft. I definitely noticed a difference as my skin felt softer and smoother compared to other scrubs I have used. My knees definitely didn't feel as rough and I was so pleased that this scrub had done a great job of making them look and feel much smoother than they were before.
This is a fantastic body scrub from Lush that does a great job of exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin cells to make skin smoother and softer. You will need a tub or little box to store the rest of the product in as if it gets wet it will disappear very quickly. The scrub does feel rough and scratchy which some people might not like. If you have sensitive skin I would not recommend using this product but I'm sure Lush has other products they can recommend if you do suffer from sensitive skin. I will be using this scrub again and highly recommend it to others as well.
(review will also sppear on ciao)
I have become quite a big fan of Lush products recently and whenever I visit my local store I seem to be converted to trying a new product. On my last visit it was this Lush Sugar Scrub that caught my eye and one of the staff there gave me a demonstration on how to use it.
The sugar scrub is a half circle shape and is quite rough to the touch, as you would expect from a product called a 'scrub'. The scrub that I purchased is dark green in colour and gives off a lovely colour when you use it on your skin.
This scrub is very simple to use, you just get yourself all wet (no jokes please!), in the bath or shower, and then gently start to rub the scrub in a circular motion on to your skin. I have found the scrub to be a little too harsh if I apply too much pressure and I find it best to use when the skin is very wet so I usually splash myself and then use it a little more on the flat side of the scrub. The scrub is well designed at it fits neatly in to the palm of my hand and I don't have to worry about dropping it in the bath or shower and watching my money melt down the plughole.
I have found my skin to be very soft after use but it does end up being a little red for a while so I normally use this in the shower in the evenings to avoid looking like I've got some sort of skin condition when taking the kids to school! The scrub is quite harsh but I must say that the results are just fantastic and my skin is left wonderfully soft and smooth and it is definitely in better condition than it has been in a long time.
The scrub has a faint scent to it which makes me think of facials and spa treatments. It has a light scent which doesn't really carry on to the skin for more than a few minutes but I brought this because of how smooth my skin felt after a trial in the shop and I've been very pleased with the results.
I would recommend that you keep this out of reach of little ones as it will dissolve very fast if it ends up in a hot bath or shower (as it's mainly made of sugar).
This sugar scrub costs around £3.50 from Lush stores or Lush.co.uk and mine has been used almost daily for quite a few weeks now and it's still got well over half left so I estimate that this will last me a good two months. I find this to be a real indulgence when in the shower and providing you aren't too rough when scrubbing your skin there shouldn't be any damage or lasting flareups.
Summer time is the time for lovely golden tanned skin but the regular sun bathing makes my skin rather dry. Using a body scrub once a week plus loads of moisturizer usually takes care of this problem and always gives me a great excuse to go on another shopping trip to Lush. I actually blame dooyoo for my recent Lush addiction - all those reviews about the various Lush products cost me loads of money!
The Lush Sugar Scrub looked and smelt lovely and I quickly bought a small piece which with 2.60 pounds for 100 gram is rather cheap compared to similar products at this store. The body scrub looks like a little hemisphere with a rather rough texture. It is used right after showering similar to a normal soap bar. The Lush promise is that after rinsing carefully you will be rewarded with a lovely refreshed and soft skin.
--------------- Using the Sugar Scrub ---------------
The scent is absolutely gorgeous and as with most Lush products quite unique. Fennel and ginger making it very refreshing and are brilliant for a little wake-up call in the morning. The lavender scent is not as strong as I´d like it to be but works very well with the almost spicy ginger. Lavender is supposed to have a calming effect on skin and mind which you really need after using the body scrub - read on and you´ll see why.
The dark-green body scrub has the texture of a lump of brown sugar and I wondered instantly that this might be too hard for my sensitive skin. It was far too sharp and scratchy and actually caused me to have some serious abrasions and scratches. I was really disappointed as I expected more from a product that is with 2.60 pounds for 100 gram not really on the cheap side. "Kind to skin" - not really. I always used body scrubs so I know that it cannot just be my skin being too sensitive for this product.
I´ve had a look on the Lush homepage to see if I was using it wrong or if this was a common problem. I really should have done this before wasting that much money on a completely useless product. However, the website gave me a few tips how to use it without causing too much damage to my skin - breaking it into little pieces and creating a runny paste with some water is one of the helpful advices I found. This does actually make it a bit better but the scrub is still so strong that I would only use it for me feet or knees and elbows. Really a shame as I absolutely adored the scent.
--------------- Would I buy it again? ----------------
Unfortunately I have to say here that this is one Lush product that I won´t be buying again. Although I absolutely loved the smell and would instantly purchase it again if it would be available as a shower gel I will not buy this body scrub again. Obviously it is supposed to get rid of old and dry skin but this here went just too far - scratches all over my body is not what I expect from such a high quality brand. Mixing it with water to a paste does make it better but to be honest with you I´m not willing to do this every time I want to use it considering the large price tag.
Sorry to say but the Lush Sugar Scrub only deserves 03 out of 10 possible points. I cannot really recommend it and will not purchase it again.
Thank you for reading and rating my review!
Now i love a good exfoliating and i like it to be slightly painful so i feel like im actually doing something but this is ridiculous! Now anyone who uses tan or likes soft skin knows that the key to good looking skin is a good exfoliator.
I was in lush and noticed these and thought ill give them both a try, there are two this is the harsher one. So i picked one up and it set me back £2.60, fairly pricey as it goes very quicky, but if it was going to make me smooth and help with my cellulite, then it was worth a try.
So i went home and got in the bath so my skin was lovely and wet and then stood up and got scrubbing ... well i say scrubbing, all it seemed to do was try and bully me and scratch me to death. I had long scratches all over me and my skin is NOT even sensitive, so anyone with sensitive skin please be very wary! Also my man is very paranoid and when he saw all the scratches he thought i was cheating on him haha, i had to go and prove that it was indeed the scrub. I proceeded with the pain hoping it would end up doing some good.
Sooooo what hapened next ... well my skin was smoother but it wasent really soft and after repeated used my cellulite had not improved :( but then again i didint really believe it would. Also even though i didint get it wet it went down very quickly, i got about 3 uses and that was not full body, just my arms, legs and tummy. A trick is to break it to make it last longer but then i find it really hard to use becuase it becomes to small to get a grip of. There is a slight smell that sort of smells earthy and natural which isen't my most favorite scent but it is not overpowering which im glad about, because many lush prodcuts smell extremely strong to the point of being sickly.
Fairtrade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin (CI 75810)
Fennel and ginger are claimed to help stimulate your circulation, but i think maybe there is not enough in the scrub to make a pronouced effect.
I think this particular scrub would be better for tough areas like feet and elbows and anyone with sore or sensitive skin, i would recommend you not to use it or proceed with caution.
Good circulation boosting ingredients
Does not leave your skin looking that good
Smell is not for everyone
Expensive for the amount of uses you get
If i wanted scratches all on me i would fight with my cat or sleep with my man haha.
If you have a paranoid partner like me they could accuse you of being unfaithfull!!
So all in all i would not recommend this, you could try its sister scrub sugar babe, but i find this too weak. So its a lose lose situation for me. Make sure you dont let water run on it though or it will go straight down your plughole. Better luck next time lush.
Have fun x
I came thave one of these scrubs through a promotion Lush were running. I must admit, it wasnt really something which appealed to me, and I'm glad that I didn't spend money on it. The scrub usually costs £2.60 for a 100g scrub. It's green, and is shaped in a semi-circle.
The scrub smells quite fresh and is made with fennel and giner, but the scent isn't too overpowering. To use the scrub you simly rub it directly onto your skin. You need to make sure that you don't do this under running water/the shower as the scrub will just dissolve (I learnt this the hard way!).
I found that the scrub is extremely rough. This is one of two scrubs in the range, and the tougher of the two. It is aimed for particularly hard skin, such as on your heels, cellulite and other problem areas. I found that instead of exfoliating me, it just seems to scratch - even when used gently.
anothe rway of using this scrub is to crumble it into a dish and scoop a little at a time. This gives you slightly more control over how much you use, and can make it a little gentler, but it's still very tough.
I wouldn't advise using this unless you extremely tough skin, otherwise it may result in more of an injury than smooth skin! Try 'Sugar Babe', the other scrub in the range instead, which is very slightly softer on your skin.
The scrub contains:
Fairtrade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin (CI 75810) (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I wouldn't really recommend this scrub. It was too harsh for my skin, and started to go very hard when left in the bathroom between uses.
As many of you know, I am a bit of a Lush addict, however I just haven't really had the cash or the time to browse through the products as much as I used to this year. I first tried this around a year ago, and bought it again the other week as I remembered how much I'd liked it.
~*How It Came About*~
If I remember rightly, the Lush Sugar Scrub is about one year old right now. You know the hit BBC1 show The Apprentice, with Alan Sugar? You do - the one where candidates compete for a job to work for Alan Sugar and have to undergo a load of tasks to win, yep, that one. Well, in 2009 for one episode the two teams had to invent a new shower product using natural ingredients and then sell it. And where did they visit to do so? The Lush labs, of course! Anyway, because Lush had the honour of Sir Alan (or is it Lord Alan? I'm never sure) choosing to work with them, they got all excited and created two new products - Sugar Scrubs. This one in particular that I'm reviewing was even named after him - it was first called the A. Sugar Scrub. Get it? A. Sugar, as in Alan Sugar? Clever, huh! They even described him the same, they said that their new Sugar Scrub was "hard and takes no nonsense, but is a bit of a sweetie on the inside". A year later, they are still flying off the shelves at a rate Alan himself would be proud of!
~*Why I Bought It*~
I first bought it when it was a new product, because it was a new concept at Lush and I'm always after a good body scrub! After that first one, I tried the other sugar scrub - Sugar Babe, but preferred this one and so bought it regularly after that. Then I had a little bit of a lapse when I just didn't visit Lush for a while. When I went back earlier this month, I sure remembered what I had been missing and shoved this into a little yellow bag and bought it straight away!
~*Using The Scrub*~
The sugar scrub is like half a sphere and is fairly small. It is a bright green colour, but it looks very natural and not at all synthetic. It is basic ally all made of sugar, so there is no gloopy mess like other scrubs on the market. I would recommend putting it in some sort of tub or container though, as once it gets wet it dissolves straight away. Here is the description featured on the Lush website. Can you see how it has references to Alan Sugar and his Apprentice candidates?
Our Sugar Scrub is hard, but a bit of a sweetie. Its no nonsense stance stimulates activity and tackles cellulite with fennel and ginger. Skin calming lavender has a balancing effect. Get yourself wet in the shower or bath, but don't let the bar get under the running water or it'll be lost before it can prove itself. Scrub, scrub, scrub and rinse away. It doesn't waste any time getting down to business.
The smell is very unusual but extremely lovely - sort of like freshly cut grass. That may seem a strange thing to smell of but believe me its actually really nice. As it is such a unisex smell and because of how hard it is, maybe it's one for the guys to try too?
When using the scrub, break it into quarters (this is why you need a tub, you see). Keep hold of one of the quarters and put the other three away for later use. Then, massage onto damp skin and feel the scrub working its magic and scrubbing away all your dead skin. A little goes a long way, and so a quarter should do your torso, bum, arms and legs just fine. DON'T GET IT WET, is the biggest thing to be aware of, as if you do it will dissolve into nothingness! Because of this, I would recommend stepping out of the shower while your skin is just a little wet to massage it in, or if you are in the tub, just standing up and trying to keep the scrub as far away from the water as possible!
When I use the scrub, I can definitely feel it getting rid of any nasty dead skin and it really feels as though it is toning my body! It is definitely no wimpy exfoliator; it gets straight down to business and really scrubs! The only thing is it may be a little too hard for some, and if you have sensitive skin it is definitely not for you as it could leave nasty scratch marks. This happened to a friend of mine but has never happened to me - it works a treat!
After using my skin feels deliciously smooth and silky, it works great if you use it before shaving your legs too! I have also heard it works wonders on stretch marks, although I have no evidence of that myself!
When you use the scrub it turns into a sort of paste from the dampness of your skin, and the sugar crystals are the best for exfoliating. The smell is lovely - and I would say this product is a must, especially in summer!
~*Price & Availability*~
This only costs £2.60 and I think that's a pretty good deal seeing as this lasts me at least four uses! It is available from Lush stores or their website - lush.co.uk. You can't really miss it when looking out for it in store - it is near all the other shower products and they most likely will be piled on top of each other on a stand, in all their bright green glory!
Fair Trade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Fresh Fennel, Fennel Oil, Lavender Oil, Fresh Ginger Root, Glycerine, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin.
~*All In All...*~
If you want probably the most effective scrubbing experience and don't mind it feeling a little scratchy, this is definitely for you, however if your skin is fairly sensitive I wouldn't get this one. The more you dilute it with water, the less scratchy it will be!
In my opinion, a great bargain for a great product!
I received my first one of these sugar scrubs as part of a set that Lush were offering at the time, I think it was a "Fresher's Pack" designed for students. I paid £10 I think and received a little box of goodies, one of which was a Sugar Scrub.
When you buy one you get half a ball. It comes in a paper bag, which I suggest you take it out of to avoid losing any of the moisture in the scrub. I store mine in an empty face mask pot at the moment but initially it was too big to fit in so I had to balance it on the top. Any kind of plastic or glass tub will do.
My Sugar Scrub is a dark green and looks to be made out of crystals of sugar. My absolute favourite thing about this product is the smell. It contains fennel, ginger and lavender oil, which combine to make an absolutely lovely smell. Unfortunately it is not pungent enough to scent the whole shower space, I can only smell it if I sniff the actual scrub or after running it over my shoulders.
The Sugar Scrub is quite harsh and scratchy. I tend to soften it up by running it over my heels and elbows before using it anywhere else, but I have still scratched myself a little painfully a couple of times. To use I just pick it up and rub it on my skin, trying to avoid getting it too wet as it would disintegrate. After it has been wet a while it does lather up a little, releasing liquid from inside the scrub. Some people deliberately mush it up with water in a pot so that they can take a pinch of scrub each time, which makes it gentler to use, but I am reluctant to try this as it might dilute the scent, which is, in my opinion as I said before, the best part.
I think a solid body scrub is a great idea but perhaps not a product that is ideal for me at this time. I don't really have the need for it, soaps such as Porridge and shower gels like Rub Rub Rub provide all the (significantly gentler) exfoliation that I need. It is a shame that it is so scratchy as I adore the smell!
If you can get a Sugar Scrub as part of a gift set or sample pack do so - it is worth seeing whether you like using this product. I probably won't buy it again unless I work out a way to make it less scratchy, but it has a number of fans.
If you have been living on a secluded island and not read any reviews on Dooyoo or Ciao for years then you may not have heard of the wonderful cosmetic company called Lush. Lush make their products with as many fresh natural products as possible using little or no preservatives. They source their ingredients from countries where the environment is not damaged by the production of the ingredients. The ingredients used are vegetarian and none are tested on animals. There is always a date on all their products telling when they were made and often who made them as well.
I bought this scrub as part of a package deal but have since been back twice to buy it again. When you buy this scrub it is a half ball shape in a dull green. It smells of ginger and fennel and a touch of lavender and I just can't get enough of this fresh smell. The product is very hard and quite solid and initially if you use the product whole and rub it on your skin it can be quite painful I found. It does however really scrub you well and help in the cellulite fight although you can emerge from the bath or shower rather red.
My trick for using this product is to wet it and put it in an old Lush tub beside my bath. When it is soft then I pinch a small amount out of the mass and scrub using this. The sugar is a bit softer and the product easier to use and I find I can get the needed amount for rubbing bit by bit of my body. I do not use this on my face at all as it is too harsh. I find it excellent for my thighs, tops of my arms and also the bottom part of my legs. I also use it on my feet.
After I have used this my skin feels so much softer and smoother. It does not instantly get rid of cellulite but I am hoping that in time I might win this battle but as the years go by I think this may be a vain hope.
I thoroughly recommend this scrub but do not try to use it whole and watch out as when it is wet it becomes a very thick liquid and will need to be kept in a pot. As with all Lush products there is little or no packaging. This one has no packaging except the little yellow bag that you can put it in while in the shop.
Just a small aside. One day when I was in Lush buying this a part of a bag for £10 deal I asked if I could swap the cream in there. They were happy to do this and I bought my bag and drove home. When i got home i discovered that my lovely sugar scrub was not in the bag so I phoned them up to tell them. They took my name and address and I was told next time I was in Derby that I should pop in and they would have one waiting for me. About two weeks later I did manage to get to the shop, I explained what had happened, they asked my name and then disappeared into the back of the shop. The person came back with a bag and inside the bag were 3 of these wonderful scrubs as an apology for the error. I was thrilled as it had partly been my fault for asking to swap something. What a lovely shop!
The ingredients for this product are:
Fair Trade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Glycerine, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin (CI 75810)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The ingredients are taken from the Lush website.
All in all I love this product and find that when I keep it in the pot and use it as I described it lasts for a couple of weeks which I think is quite good for the price of £2.60. It is a product that does what it says and scrubs away dead skin and tones up the skin quite well too. It smells lovely and makes me feel smooth, soft and moisturised after I have used it.
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Lush are one of those ethical companies that you can trust as neither they or their suppliers test their products on animals and all their cosmetics products are made from natural ingredients and also they are made by hand, however you cannot always guarantee that you are going to like the product you get, at least in my experience I have found that, and you do pay a little extra for their products.
These sugar scrubs are pretty good products and will set you back £2.60. They are a dark lime green sort of colour in a solid half circle shape. They have a rough texture to them as you would expect with a scrub and the main active ingredients are ginger, lavender and fennel.
I real;ly like the smell of this product as the ginger is quite subtle while the flowery lavender gives it a fresh smell, as you rub it onto your skin it does soften and if you get it directly in the water it will start to dissolve so best to wet your skin and then step out of the direct flow while you use it.
I found that it had a good amount of coveridge and I got a fair few showers out of the product, the oils in it left my skin feeling refreshed as well as nice and soft and this is one scrub from Lush that I would certainly recommend if you want to treat yourself.
This was another product that Lush were giving away in a set a while back (the heads, shoulders knees and toes kit). They're another of the products that I see every time I go in there, but have never really been that interested in. They were created in honour of Sir Alan Sugar, following an episode of 'The Apprentice' where the contestants visited the Lush factory, and had a go at making some natural cosmetic and beauty products themselves (with hilarious and largely appalling results). There are two varieties available all of the time - Sugar Scrub and Sugar Babe. Sugar Babe has a more feminine, floral scent, and a soft middle of moisturiser. Sugar Scrub was the one that came in my little box of joy. Bought normally it costs £2.60 and is good for 3 or 4 uses.
I have to say that this is one of the products that I was least excited about in my box of goodies - I've never felt the need to exfoliate before, and to be honest it all looked a bit painful. Reading the reviews on here and on the Lush website didn't really do anything to allay my fears, many complain that the product hurt to use, that it disappeared almost immediately, and that it was a waste of money. I decided to give it a go though, At least if I didn't like it I knew I hadn't paid any extra for it!
The scrub itself is a small green dome of grainy sugar. It is part of the initiative Lush are currently undertaking to solidify as much of their product as possible, to cut down on packaging. This has certainly worked, as the scrub really is very solid, and none of it crumbled off in my hands when handling it. This scrub is full of ginger, lavender and fennel, and the smell is very fresh, kind of a springtime fragrance. It reminds me a little bit of freshly cut grass. The smell isn't that strong though, so I didn't expect it to fragrance my skin that much.
To use the scrub, I used a knife to cut into the scrub (it's actually quite soft, and cut really easily) into three pieces (I could have cut it into four, but the way it spilt three just seemed more even), and put the two that I wasn't going to use into a massage bar tin (I knew I could keep that in the shower and it wouldn't react with the water or the scrub), and into the shower I stepped. I washed first, keeping the scrub out of the water. Then I got it slightly wet under running water, and applied it to damp skin. I think that a lot of the problems people have with this product stem from either using it too dry (which would be very painful) or too wet (which would just dissolve and be totally ineffective). I'm lucky in that I have a large, wet room type shower, so I can stand out of the water jets but still in the shower itself - a similar effect could be achieved by turning the jets in a smaller shower off. You need to get the scrub wet enough that it starts to break up, but not so wet that it crumbles completely. Then I applied it to my arms and my legs - it is very rough, but then it IS meant to be buffing your skin and blasting cellulite, so it's not like you expect it to be the most gentle thing in the world. I didn't find it particularly painful, nor did it leave scratch marks like some other reviewers have found, although as I said I think that could be due to using it slightly too dry. The third of the scrub was more than enough to do my arms and my legs, it lathered up nicely and produced a lot of really fresh scent, that I could smell in the bathroom for the rest of the day. All in all it was a very enjoyable shower experience.
Did it work? My skin definitely felt softer after use, and I didn't need to use moisturiser for a good few days. The smell didn't linger on my skin, which was a bit disappointing, but again, it was only a mild fragrance. I don't have any cellulite so I couldn't comment on the results there, but overall it seemed pretty effective. It definitely did buffer away dead skin cells, but not to the extent that my skin felt raw or overly sensitive, although I did notice that I could feel my clothes brushing up against my legs much more, which probably means that it did sensitise my skin to some extent. You can probably tell from the tone of this review that I'm not totally crazy about this product, but I do think that it has been given a bit of a bad wrap, and I would definitely recommend it if you like exfoliating products. I probably wouldn't buy it again, although I may try the more skin nourishing Sugar Babe, and I recently received a Sugar Scrub as part of a free gift set, which I will definitely use. I would probably use this more if (for example) I was commuting and working in the city, and felt like I needed a REALLY good clean. Also I think it would be excellent at curing that 'morning after' feeling, as it invigorates, scrubs, cleans and tones.
Overall - a decent product, not really my cup of tea, but it does what it is meant to, and is pretty good value for money when compared to other premium brand products aimed at similar effects.
When I was taken on a day out in London recently I found myself practically falling in to Lush at Covent Garden thanks to my wonderful iPhone and it's simply & easy directions. My first impression was that the shop was tiny but once I was drawn downstairs there were lots of bright, friendly, bubbly staff there just waiting to try out lots of wonderful Lush products on me. One of the products that was used on me was the Lush Sugar Scrub and I instantly felt my skin being cleansed and scrubbed clean of all the harsh London dirt. I was indeed very impressed with the impromptu massage that I received and how wonderful the sugar scrub made my skin feel so I just had to pick one up.
Product: The Lush sugar scrub is a half circle that is green in colour and designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The scrub contains sugar, fresh ginger root, fennel oil & lavender oil amongst other things and is mainly designed for it's properties at helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite while keeping the skin nice and calm during your scrub with the added lavender. It is bright green in colour and is quite rough to the feel with Lush emblazoned in the top of the scrub just to prove that it's the genuine article of course.
Price: Each half circle sugar scrub is £2.60 in price which is very reasonable for something that has lasted me for around 15-20 sessions already and still has plenty left to give! The scrub is around 100g in weight and they are all the same in appearance thanks to the use of a Lush mould but you may find that the colour differs slightly from batch to batch as these are hand made cosmetics.
How To Use: This sugar scrub is designed to be used in the bath or shower and I always ensure that I have got myself nice and soaking before turning off the shower & having a good scrub with this. Never use this scrub under running water as the sugar will naturally dissolve and this will dramatically reduce the life expectancy of your sugar scrub! I was actually advised of this when I picked one up in store and there is a little note on the website saying something similar as I probably would have not even thought about it and just ended up leaving this by the side of the bath. On the rare occasion that I want to use this in the bath then I normally just leave it by the side of the bath while I wash my hair and condition it and then I find that there is a nice soggy layer on the bottom which is perfect for scrubbing with straight away.
My Opinion: This sugar scrub is very cute to look at and well designed as it sits in the palm of my hand very well regardless of how small it's getting. The scrub is very easy to use and I normally just get myself soaking and then scrub quite hard with the scrub. The addition of a few more flicks of water to my body and a little rub creates a light lather that is even more effective. The sugar scrub is not as harsh as using a salt scrub and while I suffer from incredibly fussy skin that flares up easily I did not even experience a single red mark or sore patch on my skin after using this scrub. I could instantly feel that my skin was softer and smoother from the first use and when I showed my fiancé he was very impressed with the results too. The sugar scrub does have a lovely scent to it that clings to the skin just slightly and I can notice the smell for a few hours after use but it's not too much that other people really notice it unless they are getting up close and personal. This is ideal for me as I am working with members of the public and I don't really fancy lots of people making comments to me! The scrub works incredibly well and is quite long lasting considering it's just £2.60 and doesn't look like the biggest thing ever. I was impressed with how well it worked and that it took just a few minutes a couple of times a week to keep lovely, smooth, fresh skin that dried well and did not even need moisturising in this harsh cold weather that we have been experiencing recently.
I will be buying this sugar scrub again on my next visit to Lush as it's definitely worth every penny for how soft & smooth my skin has been without any flare ups or red marks. I think it's fair to say that this is becoming one of my new firm favourite Lush items and it's one that I would recommend regardless of your skin tone or quality as it's harsh yet gentle on even sensitive skin such as mine.
Lush A Sugar Scrub
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Body Scrub
For those who are not familiar with Lush, it is worth considering that they make cosmetics by hand from only natural ingredients. They don't test on animals and they only use suppliers who don't either.
Lush are committed to reducing packaging and also support loads of charities and projects around the world (details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients).
You can shop online (though where possible, I prefer to go into the shop as it means that I can smell the new products and get a better idea of what I might like!) and also locate your nearest shop. Orders placed online usually arrive within a few days and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is obviously much better for the environment.
You can also purchase items from their Retro range online. This is a list of products which have been replaced in stores by newer ones, but are still available to buy online, so you can still find your old favourites.
This sugar scrub is a solid half circle shape with a dull green colour. The texture is gritty and it feels much rougher than most sugar scrubs, Lush recommend that you don't let the bar get under running water as it will dissolve. I found that it was easiest to break little pieces off and use them to scrub damp skin so chopped the whole thing up and kept it in an airtight box in the bathroom.
Lush tell us the following about this product;
"stimulates activity and tackles cellulite with fennel and ginger. Skin calming lavender has a balancing effect"
Basically, this product is designed to scrub your skin, helping to slough away any dead and dry skin and also contains oils to leave you feeling soft and moisturised.
The product softens when applied to damp skin so isn't as abrasive as it looks. The fragrance is a really fresh combination of citrus, ginger (which gives it a slightly spicy scent) and fennel. The fennel gives the scrub a subtle herbal fragrance and the smell lasts well on my skin after I have dried.
A 100g sugar scrub will cost £2.60 and is suitable for vegans.
This fragrance is great for first thing in the morning as it makes you feel alert and positive, it is good for both men and women (Mr Siamese and I both use it) and perfect for people who don't want a flowery sweet scent.
The scrub is easy to apply when broken off into little pieces. This also means that you won't accidentally get the whole thing wet. A little goes a long way and you don't need to use much to scrub all over. The exfoliating effect is immediately obvious as skin feels refreshed and soft. It isn't too harsh but does leave skin feeling like it has been vigorously scrubbed and feeling tingly and fresh. Having said that, it is a little rougher than some sugar scrubs so if you have particularly sensitive skin, then you may want to be careful when you try this. I personally liked that it seemed to scrub more than most products as it left my skin feeling great.
This product really does leave skin feeling softer and smoother and the fragrance is genuinely fresh and natural. It isn't too sweet and lingers well on skin. By the time I have used this scrub in the bath or shower I feel relaxed and cheerful and my skin feels soft and hydrated. If you are a fan of exfoliating scrubs then this one is well worth trying!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Fair Trade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Glycerine, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin (CI 75810)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils