“ Brand: Lush / Type: Massage Bar „
I made an order from Lush online recently and chose a number of items from the Retro section. One of these was the Cosmic Dreamcatcher Massage Bar.
***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!
***Out of this world?***
A massage bar is a solid bar that can be melted in your hands and used as an intensive moisturiser (with or without an accompanying massage!). This particular massage bar is oval, just the right shape to fit into one of the metal massage bar tins (available separately at £2.95 each). These tins are really handy for keeping the bar cool and dry and for preventing it melting prematurely.
This particular massage bar costs £5.75, which isn't too bad for a massage bar. It contains sage oil, used in Native American rituals (hence the Cosmic Dreamcatcher name). It also contains frankincense, which calms and assists in prayer and meditation. It is a fragrance normally associated with churches. Thyme also helps to calm, and vetivert soothes. This is a massage bar with spiritual connotations. The bar also contains jojoba oil, fresh mango, and cocoa butter which makes up the bulk of the bar. The bar is suitable for vegans. In appearance, the bar is a burnt orange colour with a simple swirl pattern in the centre.
The bar melts when you rub it between your hands and it is quite an intensive moisturiser, so definitely one to use in the evening for an intensive treatment. The product didn't irritate my skin at all, but it did make it very soft, right up until the next day. It was slightly greasy on the skin, so it's best to blot with a towel or wait until it's absorbed before putting your pyjamas on.
Unfortunately, I absolutely detested the scent of this massage bar. I like all of the ingredients as separate smells, but together they just make a musky harsh mess. The scent caught in the back of my throat and made me cough. After a while, it just made me feel sick. Unfortunately, as it is an online-only product, it was impossible to smell it before purchasing. I wasn't keen on the scent to begin with, but after covering myself with it, it was even worse!
At first I used the massage bar as normal and tried to put up with it. Then, realising that it was silly to continue to use something that was making me feel sick, I used it on my feet (in the hope that it would be far enough away from my nose that I couldn't smell it!). In the end I ended up throwing away the remaining bits, which is something I've never done with any Lush product ever.
I really can't recommend this massage bar. It's a good price (for Lush and for Retro) and it moisturises well, but it smells so utterly disgusting that I couldn't ever contemplate buying it again!
I have a bit of a thing for dream catchers at the moment, and when I saw the name of this it had to be added to my gigantic Lush collection. It does look quite like you would expect from Lush but it is in the Retro section making it a little more unusual.
Lush's claim: The Cosmic Dreamcatcher is replete with fragrances of spiritual significance. This mystical Massage Bar is made with soothing vetivert, calming frankincense, balancing sage and thyme to calm your anxieties. Sage oil is used in Native American rituals; frankincense is an aid for prayer and meditation, which is why it gets wafted around in churches and places of meditation. We like to use a Cosmic Dreamcatcher to help us bond with our own kindred spirits.
The massage bar costs £5.75 for 65g which is quite expensive but then I guess your paying for the natural products and the brand name. I thought it would be bigger for the price but it is quite small to be honest which is a disappointment.
The bar is an peach circle/oval shape - obviously being Lush every one differs slightly. and it has an indented swirl in the middle. It is quite smooth and waxy to touch, but when it warms up it goes nicely soft. Its probably about 10cm's by 6cm's roughly, which as I mentioned previously - is not enough to be spending so much on it! The soap is quite crackly so it does fall apart a little but after the first use this stops.
The fragrance of this product is quite herbal rather than being Lush's usual floral scent. I think this may be down to the herbal oils inside such as jojoba oil and sage, frankencence etc. If you have read Lush's description you will see that its supposed to be quite spiritual and healing which I did understand as it calmed me down and relaxed a lot in the shower. I have to admit, I didn't really like the scent much myself as it was very overpowering - but it did the job (I just used a lot of perfume when I got out!)
To use the bar, I recommend after bathing or showering as your skin is quite moist and hot so the bar will melt up quicker. To use it, you simply need to rub it in your hands for a while then massage it all over your body. I have also used it whilst in the bath as a bath milk in which it did work very well at dissolving - but it lasts longer if you use it afterwards.
The only downside is that it left my skin feeling a little waxy if used on almost dry skin and the scent lasted a long time. Using it whilst in the bath I found it a lot more moisturising and my skin felt softened. Although like I said, if using on partially dry skin, it just feels waxy. When I think about it, it kind of reminds me of the women washing mirrors on the dove advert if you have seen it. Using it in the bath leaves the mirror clean, on a little dry skin it leaves it stained almost.
If I'm honest, I'm a little unsure of whether I would or wouldn't recommend this. The only real downside is the smell but other than that it does make your skin feel good. I do have to say, Lush have done much better products previous to this one though.
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fresh Mango (Mangifera indica), Perfume, Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Frankincense Oil (Boswellia carterii), Thyme Oil (Thymus zygis) Sage Oil (Salvia officinalis), Paprika Extract (Capsicum frutescens), Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
Suitable for Vegans!
While browsing the Retro catergory on the Lush site I came across this. It looked unusual and really cute and pretty so I decided to buy it. This 65 gram massage bar (soap!) is £5.75, which, in my honest opinion after trying the soap, is a complete and utter rip off. The appearence of the soap is quite bizzare, it is circular in shape (although not a perfect circle as it is hand made) and it is a orangey yellow colour. It looks nothing like how it looks on the Lush picture - on the Lush picture it looks like it has pretty rose detailing where as in reality it is just scoured with a few lines in the middle.
The texture is also odd and quite crumbly and waxy feeling. Size wise it is the same size as the palm of my hand if not a little smaller - it's not the most generously sized bar of soap considering it cost me over a fiver! Packaging wise it comes wrapped in paper in a yellow paper Lush bag which is recycable. Even when this soap is solid, it smells extremely strong. When I recieved my package from Lush (a cardboard box), the whole box literally stank of this even before I had opened it and once I had opened the box up the smell was overpowering. I'm suprised the postman wasn't a little suspicious of what it contained due to the strange smell!
The smell does not smell sweet, it isn't floral or heavily perfumed. It smells.. strange. The soap smells very herbal and medicinal - probably because it contains frankencence, sage, jojoba oil and other herbal oils. It is not a pleasant smell at all, and it has this strange undertone that smells like disinfectant mixed with pepper. It is a very 'hippie' kind of smell and I can totally see where Lush are coming from with the product description which explains that the cosmic dreamer massage bar is made with essential oils used to encourage a dreamlike trance state. It also says that frankincense, one of the main ingredients in the bar, is used as an aid to prayer and meditation, however the smell didn't relax me at all and made me feel quite sick and I had to get out of the bath!
On a plus side, the bar does dissolve nicely - not too quickly, not too fast, and it turns the water nice and milky, leaving my skin soft and silky (a little oily too but this wasn't an issue once I had dried off), however because the scent lingers for a while it has put me off using it again as I don't want people at uni smelling this on me and thinking i've been smoking something dodgy! Overall, if you like strong, herby scents, then you will love the Cosmic Dream, but I personally don't like it and will not be purchasing it again. As this is a Retro lush product, it can only be purchased via the website.