“ Brand: Lush / Type: Massage Bar „
A while ago, I made quite a large order from Lush's Retro section in order to sample some of the products I hadn't tried before. One of the items I ordered was the Chocolala massage bar. It was extremely pricey at £8.95, but I thought I would try it anyway as I'm trying to work my way through all of Lush's products!
The Chocolala bar looks like a giant Rolo, being dark chocolate brown with a dollop of white on the top. Cocoa butter and shea butter provide the moisturising aspects of the bar, while it is perfumed with sweet orange oil, sandalwood and violet leaf absolute. It also contains real dark chocolate! Sadly the inclusion of this ingredient makes the massage bar unsuitable for vegans. Lush describe the bar as one of the most luxurious they have ever created.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
***What is Retro?***
The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!
***My experience of the bar***
My first impression was that the bar was tiny. It was bigger than a Rolo, but only around less than half the size of Lush's other massage bars. However it smelled delicious - think of the violet scent of Tuca Tuca combined with dark chocolate - wonderful!
I used the massage bar after my bath. I rubbed it between my hands to warm it and melt the oils. The product felt slightly gritty in my hands, probably because of the chocolate. I went ahead and rubbed it on my skin.
And that's when I realised what I should have realised much earlier - a dark brown massage bar will not look good on the skin. I tried and tried to rub it in, but the brown would not go away. It looked like I was covered in dirt. My towel was covered in it - luckily I'd laid it over my bedcovers so they weren't stained! The bar simply would not rub in, so I ended up having to go in the shower to wash off the remains of the bar, which was not something I'd wanted to do just after having a bath.
On the plus side, my skin was left feeling soft, smooth and fairly moisturised, and my skin smelled of delicious chocolate and violets - it could have been worse!
Not wanting to repeat the experience of that night, I tried to use part of the bar as a bath melt. However, all it did was turn the water a faint, slightly dirty brown colour. My skin did feel moisturised, but I didn't feel clean after my bath, and my mam told me off for whatever I'd put in the bath, as the oils clung to the sides once I'd pulled the plug out!
Eventually, I took to using the massage bar like a Lush body butter. I rubbed it over myself in the shower and washed it off. The shower got rid of the brown and I was left with soft, scented skin.
I'm going to give this massage bar a very generous two stars, because of the wonderful smell and the bar's excellent moisturising properties. However the insanely high price and the fact that the bar makes me look, and feel, dirty mean that I certainly won't be buying this again!
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, - three of my favourite things in life whether it is milk, dark or white I simply love chocolate, add to that a massage, my extremely handsome husband and maybe some wine and wow - perfect!
So how do I get my perfect evening? Well I toddle on off to my local Lush store and spend some of my well earned cash on some rather lovely products which really cheer me up after a long, hard and hectic week in the office enduring meeting after meeting. The one thing I love about my local Lush store is that the staff now know my name and are always keen to help me decide what to buy. This time whilst stocking up on some lip scrub and lip balm I did venture into the massage bar section to see what they had on offer and surprisingly I do have a few favourite products within this section and whenever I cant decide what to buy I either buy Wiccy Magic Muscles or Therapy, this time however there was something new and exciting which caught my eye and it went by the name of .
is described as a massage bar which "Combines the lovely violet fragrance with rich dark chocolate to make one of the most luxurious massage bars we've ever created. This sensual chocolate massage bar will send you absolutely lala" and if that isn't enough to make you want to buy it, then you only need to look at it to tempt you! The '' massage bar is a lot more expensive than any of the other massage bars Lush have to offer and for 60g you can expect to pay £8.95 and yes you did read that correctly, to put the price into context Wiccy Muscles which is another massage bar I would usually buy is 70g and costs £5.70 so is quite possibly the most expensive massage bar I have ever used. The 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 they are definitely worth their money. As always the massage bar came wrapped within a clear cellophane wrapper clearly displaying the Lush logo. The 'Chocolala bar to me looks like a Rolo to me, it is shaped like a Rolo and looks exactly like a Rolo, only on a much bigger scale and like with a Rolo I am not willing to share it, it is all mine.
Whenever I use a massage bar I always use it exactly the same way, actually I always instruct it to be used in the exact was I was told how to use them following a demonstration in a lush shop a few years ago and Chocolala is no different. So, to use it you pretty much mimic the actions of using a soap or a Lush Massage Bar - to melt the bar you rub it between your hands, you will need war m hands, which then loosens some of the calming essential oils and butters to enable you to massage much easier so that your fingers glide over the skin. It may be useful to note that the chocolate part of the bar is very messy, so please do not have the 'masseuse' wearing their best t-shirt because it will go everywhere and although I was assured it doe not stain clothes, it isn't a gamble I would like to take. One thing to note is to make sure the person massaging you has warm hands when they begin to massage you, there is nothing worse than a cold handed masseuse.
So why is it called a 'Chocolala'? Well as Lush state it combines the lovely violet fragrance with rich dark chocolate and when you first smell this massage bar the first fragrance that you get is an infusion of both Dark Chocolate and violets which creates a really lovely aroma. Unsurprisingly the ingredients list is quite long and we start with Dark Chocolate which is high in antioxidants which helps improve the flow of blood to the skin. It also gets rid of the rough feel to your skin while at the same time protecting it from sun damage. Following on from that is Sandalwood Oil which whilst promoting a calming influence on the mind helps to hydrate and moisturise the skin whilst at the same time helping to relieve itching and inflammation. Sweet Orange Oil comes next and similarly to sandalwood oil it helps to relieve dry irritated skin. Naturally this massage bar also contains both Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter both of which are known to moisturise the skin. Finally we have Violet Leaf Absolute which helps to decongest the skin and is therefore especially good for people who have oily skin and it also soothes and comforts dry, red, itchy 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 to me it reminds me of chocolate and violets because the chocolate smell is very evident once your skin begins to be massaged and when using for the first time there is a strong aroma which takes a few seconds to get used to. I personally love the smell and it does linger on your body for a good few hours after using and my skin was so lovely and smooth and I felt very relaxed and calm.
To get a good use of this bar I would suggest massaging your body (or should I say, get a loved one to massage it for you) for at least 30 minutes so that you can ensure your whole body has been thoroughly covered and also that you have been given a good massage! After using this product I did find that my skin was totally moisturised and had a healthy glowing effect.
After using the massage bar you may need to towel off any excess because as good as it is at disappearing totally into your skin I have always found there to be parts that have been missed and unless you want to leave a chocolaty stain 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.
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 one that is quite unusual. 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 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.