“ Brand: Lush / Bar / Type: Massage Bar „
I love Lush and take great pleasure in treating myself to their yummy bath and body products. Lush's massage bars are actually one of my surprise favourites, as they are a lot more practical than I had first imagined. I have a whole collection of them and they last for ages which makes them good value for money. One that I have been using recently is this Business Time massage bar, which has been discontinued since I purchased mine.
Product description: "The best massages are full sensory experiences, so to do the job properly you'll need nimble fingers, soft music and lighting and a massage bar that smells absolutely amazing. For the last of these, you can't do much better than Business Time, which is fragranced with a gorgeously relaxing blend of rose, lavender and fennel - the same as in our lovely hand cream, Handy Gurugu. This is one of our extra light, super slippy massage bars, so you'll only need to hold it briefly in the warmth of your fingers to get those beautiful oils melting."
Business Time is inspired by the comedy song of the same name by The Flight of the Conchords, check it out on youtube! I have the original version of this massage bar which looks as shown in the picture above, a flat circular shape with a textured pattern on the top surface. The bar is a pale creamy colour and firm to the touch. The Business Time bar was then redesigned into a 3D shape of a (rather shady looking!) man in a hat and overcoat, which I personally thought looked terrible. Lush have since ceased production of this altogether and it is no longer available for purchase.
The scent of this massage bar is very strong, and I really don't like it. I find it comes across as being quite strong and woody, and it does not give off the sort of sensual or relaxing scent that I would expect a massage bar to have. From the description it seems to contain some strong floral notes but these are barely detectable and I would not have known that there was any rose or lavender included had I not read it in the description, as the blend seems to be off-balance and these notes are completely overpowered by what I can only assume is the fennel oil. The scent is noticeable from some distance and does have staying power, so I'm stuck with the unpleasant smell lingering on my body every time after I use this massage bar.
The idea of massage bars is to act as a solid packaging-free product that is heat responsive and melts down to form a light oily lotion to massage with. You can use these in the place of ordinary massage oils for a Lush massage experience! To prepare, you simply hold the massage bar between your hands and rub gently to allow the heat of your skin to warm the bar. The bar will then start to melt a little and give your hands a lovely smooth coating of oils to be used for the massage. I have found with this Business Time version that the bar feels hard to begin with and I have a little trouble melting it with my hands, so I do not use it for its primary purpose of massaging. Alternatively if you prefer, you could opt for a hot oil massage, by cutting off a small block of the massage bar and heating it in a microwave-able tub for a few seconds to warm the bar into a hot oil form - one of my friends absolutely swears by this method.
Instead of massaging with this bar I prefer to use this as a solid body lotion. To do this, I apply the massage bar directly onto my skin and once it has transferred I work it into my skin with my hands to make sure it soaks in properly. I do have to rub it quite hard to get the oils to transfer onto my skin, but the process becomes easier as I go along, and it provides an intensive conditioning treatment. It can be quite oily once I've managed to work it onto my skin, but I save this for application in the evenings before bedtime so as to avoid any unnecessary risk of transferring the oils onto my clothes. It does seem to soak in quite quickly leaving my feeling soft and moisturised, and it is rich enough that the effects last for a full day afterwards. I need to use quite a large amount of the bar each time to get a full coverage, and so it was not particularly long lasting.
As my massage bars near their end I find they become harder to work with as they often break up into small fragments when rubbing to heat up. In this case I often save the small broken chunks and use them in a hot bath in place of a bath melt. I have enjoyed using my Business Time massage bar in this way as it produces a rich and nourishing oil which works to hydrate my skin as I soak in the bath and leaves it feeling in great condition. This is probably the easiest way I have found of using this particular massage bar, as it gives the best results with the least amount of effort. The only downside is that the scent is really strong as I'm bathing in it.
I do love Lush's massage bars but I'm not overly fond of this one, mainly because it's a little difficult to use and also because of the strong scent. I can't say I'm sad that it's been discontinued and I am happy to carry on using their other varieties which have a more pleasant scent and melt more effectively.
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Perfume, Organic Cold Pressed Almond Oil, Lavender Oil, Fennel Oil, Rose Absolute, Benzyl Salicylate, Isoeugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool
*occurs naturally in essential oils
I have tried nearly all of the products that Lush has to offer, and I have come to really love the massage bars as of late. One of the ones I decided to try was the Business Time bar. I have to admit, it caught my eye largely due to its odd shape and how it stood out to me on the shelf.
The claim is that the bar soothes irritations, moisturises the skin, tones, cleanses and relaxed. To be honest I think this is a lot of things for one bar to do, but did it do the trick well? I should hope so..
The bars shape is quite cute I think, very different to others. It is shaped like a head in a top hat which is very 'businessy'. It is a creamy colour and smells a lot like cocoa butter which is relaxing. The ingredients list includes shea butter, cocoa butter, rose, fennel, almond oils, lavender and various others.
I have used this massage bar on a few occasions now after long weeks of college/work and I have to admit, its made me so relaxed I was asleep by 7pm (after a long bath of course). Once I had warmed the bar (which does not take long if your in a steamy bathroom), I proceeded to smooth it on my body which it did well. I usually find these drag on your skin a bit but this bar glided effortlessly. Once I was out of the bath and awake the next morning, my skin felt amazing. I was a lot calmer and more at peace with getting up early, my skin was moisturised and didn't feel achy anymore. I have to admit to being very pleased with this product!
The bar costs £4.10 which I think is cheap for Lush as usually their products are about £5 or more. I think this is an absolute bargain considering I have used it 3 times now and still have quite a bit of the bar left, I am sure it will last me another 3/4 times at least (obviously it depends how much you smooth on your skin to how long it lasts you).
I would recommend this for when you are in need of a relax, it is so calming and works wonders on tired, dry skin - also its cheap for a Lush product!
In my quest to try every product that Lush make, I selected another couple of massage bars on my last visit. One of these was Business Time. This is an unusually-shaped massage bar and easy to spot on the shelves, as it is in the shape of a shady-looking detective in a coat and hat! The bad news is that it doesn't fit in the oval massage bar tin - I've been keeping it in a Fererro Rocher box!
Business Time is made with shea and cocoa butters to moisturise and melt easily. It also contains almond and coconut oils, and rose, fennel and lavender essential oils. Rose apparently soothes irritations and dry skin complaints (it's also meant to be an aphrodisiac!) while fennel is toning, cleansing and relaxing. Lavender is supposed to be calming and help you sleep.
I decided to use this massage bar after I returned from Glastonbury (and after I'd had a long bath!). I hoped the rose would help to soothe my legs, which had been attacked by stinging nettles which I am apparently allergic to (I was working at Glastonbury helping to park the campervans, and spent a lot of time wandering over fields). I also hoped the whole bar would help relax me and help me have my first good night's sleep in a week!
Like other massage bars, I rubbed the bar between my hands and applied the oils to my skin. I found the bar to melt very well - although perhaps that's just because of the extremely hot weather we're having at the moment. The bar has a rich deep smell, not particularly feminine (so men should be happy using it too) but not so masculine that it put me off. I could detect the lavender, complemented - I assume - by the rose and fennel. It's a very grown-up scent, unlike the sweeter scents Lush have.
After using the bar I dabbed the excess oils off with a towel and went to bed. The next day, my skin felt incredibly soft and still smelt faintly of the bar. My legs especially felt soothed and looked less red.
Overall, I really liked this massage bar, although it's not my favourite scent and it's a shame it doesn't fit in the tin! I'd recommend it for an intense moisturiser rather than an everyday one. I would consider buying it again, and I feel it would last around 5 uses, which makes it good value for money considering a bar costs £4.10 - it's one of the cheaper Lush massage bars.
Lush Cosmetics offer a wide range of massage bars - I think there is around ten in total. I really wasn't sure what to expect from them and I just didn't think they would be that impressive but I thought I would give it a shot after hearing so many good things about them. I visited a Lush store to find that many of them were £5 or higher and I thought this was quite expensive because the majority of the massage bars are about the size of the palm of your hand, apart from a couple of really small ones. I picked up Business Time. *Please note that it no longer looks like the image displayed in the picture above. It is now in the shape of a detective man with a cloak and hat on, just incase you are unable to find it*.
I was instantly drawn to this one because of its price - at the time (Nov.09) I picked it up for around £3.80 but the price has increased now to £4.10. The lady in the store said that I could get quite a number of uses out of it so I brought it this one as I was happy with the price and the smell.
I picked up this bar to put into one of the bags before going to pay and the first thing I noticed was how slippery it was, as it nearly dropped out of my hands. This bar is seriously loaded up with shea and cocoa butter to help skin become more soft...a little too much perhaps. Nevertheless, I really loved the smell of it which is shea and cocoa butter, almond and coconut oil as well as rose, fennel and lavender which you can not smell as much.
All you have to do to use this bar is rub it all over your body to massage it into your skin. Your skin will then soak in all of the oils and butter within it. It's best to use the massage bar once your skin is mildly damp after a shower or bath. So, when I use my bar I do it straight after I've had a bath. At first I wasn't particularly impressed but once you have rubbed it a couple of times you can see the oil and where abouts you have massaged. It was really relaxing and felt amazing on my skin. It really helped me to chill out. The only downfall was that the butters did make it very slippery so I dropped it a couple of times! I have repurchased this bar and I'd say that if you are massaging your whole body, you could probably get about 4 to 5 uses out of this which is really could so all in all you are only paying £1 for each usage.
The results after use were incredible. Unfortunately, the only thing I disliked about it was that it was just so sticky on my skin, therefore do not use loads of the massage bar or your skin will stick on to clothes and it's not particularly nice. It also felt oily for quite a few hours and I didn't enjoy this. However, on to the positive things...my skin felt amazing! It was so soft to touch once it had soaked in all of the rich butter goodness. As well as this, the scent just lingered on my skin all night and it was amazing. Something about the shea butter smell is so delicious and other people did notice my smell also. The best time to use the massage bar is just before bed because it really helps you feel relaxed and chilled out. I applied mine and got into bed with a cup of tea, trust me it's so worth it! Your body just seems to drop and it's the perfect thing to use after a stressful day.
Overall, apart from the slippiness, this is an amazing massage bar from Lush. I haven't tried all of the others, however I've tried a couple and this has proven to be the most effective for me purely because of how great it left my skin feeling! Thank you for reading.
Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Perfume, Cold Pressed Organic Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Benzyl Salicylate, Isoeugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
One of the best products to ever come out of the whiffy shop known as Lush are their massage bars. They are one of my favourite products to buy and whenever something new comes out and I spot it either on their website or in the Lush newspaper 'Lush Times' you can guarantee I have bought it within the next few days.
So why do I obsess over massage bars? I don't really have an explanation or an excuse, I just happen to think that they are a great product which do exactly as they say they are going to do, whether that is relax you and take away the days stress or simply moisturise your skin to make it all soft supple, every Lush massage bar I have used has not left me disappointed. They do have one added bonus and of course that is the fact that it takes two to use... I don't think I need to say more than that!
So what did catch my eye in Lush... well a new massage bar titled 'Business Time' massage bar which retails at £3.87. So this massage bar is not one of the more expensive one but it is new, it smelt nice and that was my justification for buying it. However, prices for each massage bar do vary depending on which ingredients are used to make it but they do last a very long time, so for me they are definitely worth their money. The Massage bar came wrapped within a clear cellophane wrapper clearly displaying the Lush logo.
The 'Business Time' bar is nothing exciting to look at, to me looks like an ordinary piece of nice soap (see picture) which could be sat in anyone's bathroom and this is perhaps a little disappointing when you consider that it isn't brightly coloured as other Lush products but it is in keeping with the colourings of similar products within this range and that I would describe as a the cocoa butter colour. It is circular in shape, more like a Frisbee shape and on the top of the massage bar are lots of star shaped patterns engrained upon it.
Okay now using one massage bar is very much like using the next massage bar and if you have used one of these things before then you know what I am going to say and if you haven't, well I will explain all. To use your massage bar is really simple; you pretty much mimic the actions of using a bar of soap. To melt the bar you simply rub it between the palms of your hands, this helps to loosen the essential oils and butters (if you look at your hands they will appear slightly greasy) used within product to enable you to massage much easier so that your fingers glide over the skin. One tip however, whatever you do make sure the person massaging you has warm hands when they begin to massage you, there is nothing worse than a cold handed masseuse to make the shivers set in.
After using any of the massage bars you may need to towel off any excess oils because as good as it is at absorbing itself totally into your skin, I have always found there to be parts that have been missed and unless you want to leave any stains around your home, always double check that it has all been massaged into your skin or that you do towel yourself off afterwards for double checking.
I have already said that to look at this massage bar is exceptionally boring it does smell absolutely fabulous and for anyone who is an avid fan of Cocoa butter or almonds then you will certainly enjoy the smell of this. Firstly there is a combination of both Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut oil and almond oil all of these are known to moisturise the skin thoroughly to leave it feeling soft to the touch, smooth and supple and all four oils are especially kind to people like me who suffer with sensitive skin because they do not bring about adverse reactions. The one reason that Lush use Cocoa Butter as the main ingredients for their massage bars is due to the fact that they it melts at just above body temperature which makes it much easier to use.
When it comes to further ingredients within this massage bar we have Lavender Oil, for those people who are not a fan of Lavender as a smell then you don't have to worry because within this massage bar it isn't a smell that clearly stands out, however as an oil Lavender is well known to help calm, relax and de-stress the nerves and is also used to help combat insomnia and headaches. Next comes Fennel Oil which is extremely kind to the skin and it has both a cleansing and toning effect on the skin, helping to sort out overly oily skin and it also helps to fight wrinkles in more mature complexions and removing cellulite. Finally there is Rose Absolute which like Lavender helps to calm and relax the mind whilst being a really good moisturiser to the skin and helping to keep it hydrated and it is said that Rose absolute is particularly beneficial for people with dry, mature and sensitive skin. There are also many other ingredients contained within this massage bar and they can be found at www.lush.co.uk
As for the smell, well it reminds me of Palmers Cocoa butter but with a slight twist due to the combination of the coconut oil and almond oil added in. As you rub the massage bar between your hands a wonderful aroma once it is released and it does remind me of hot summers on the beach when almost everyone you walk past has used suntan lotion. I personally love the smell and it does linger on your body for a good few hours after using and it with the Cocoa Butter and Coconut and Almond Oils being the dominant smells.
To get a good use from this bar I would suggest massaging your body (or should I say, get a loved one to massage it for you) for a minimum of 30 minutes and in that time you can ensure your whole body has been thoroughly covered right down to your feet. After using this product I did find that my skin was feeling really soft and totally moisturised and had a healthy glowing effect. You can also use it in a morning or in the evening as a moisturising cream on areas of the body which are quite dry such as the elbows, knee's and the shins because it works really effectively in this way and this is what I currently do, as well as using it as a massage bar.
When it comes to storing the massage bar, I would suggest purchasing a massage bar tin to store it in because that helps to keep it fresh and prevents it from drying out. If you don't want to purchase the tin then I would suggest storing out of direct sunlight and somewhere cool.
So do I recommend this product? Well you won't be surprised to learn that I would recommend this bar to anyone who loves a good Lush product and even one that is quite ordinary looking. It does what it claims to do and is cheap for the length of time it seems to last, in my case a good few months and I use it a few times a week if I can get my own way and most importantly it really does help me relax and wind down after a stressful day or week in the office.
If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website.