“ Brand: Lush / Scrub / Type: Body Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I'm a huge fan of the store Lush and I am trying to sample every single one of their products. This includes Retro products - items from Lush's past that are only available online - even those which are limited edition.
I was pleased to see the Fairy Tail sugar scrub make an appearance - it first arrived in stores in Christmas 2009 but I never got around to picking one up before they were discontinued. The scrub is really cute - dome-shaped like the majority of Lush's sugar scrubs, it is pale pink and has a little string tail. It also has two adorable white chocolate ears. Designed to resemble that old-fashioned sweet, the sugar mouse, the product is scented with the Snow Fairy scent.
The scrub contains frankincense, bergamot and geranium oils which help create the lovely sweet scent. The bulk of the scrub is made up of white sugar - this is a gentle yet highly effective scrub. You could probably make your own sugar scrub at home, but I prefer the convenience - and cuteness - of something like this.
I use the scrub in the shower, breaking off a small piece and rubbing it over wet skin. I love Lush's sugar scrubs - they are the most effective I've ever tried - but I find their permanent one, A Sugar Scrub, to be too harsh. Limited edition ones like this, however, are brilliant. My skin is not irritated at all, but is left very soft and smooth even after one application. The sugary-sweet scent lingers, too.
It's important to keep the scrub away from water or else it will dissolve. I keep mine in a soap dish and break bits off as needed. I don't recommend using the whole thing at once to scrub with, as it will just dissolve.
My scrub is lasting me ages as only a very small amount is needed at once; also, it is so effective that I only need to use it once or twice a week. I definitely recommend it - it is available from the Lush website at a cost of £3.50.
Fairy Tale Sugar Scrub
I bought this in a job lot from Ebay and can't say it is something I would rush to but again but it is a cute novelty scrub so would make a nice little gift.
As most people know Lush are famous for being very careful to be environmentally friendly and all their products are handmade and they don't use any unnecessary packaging. I really admire their philosophy and of course I love their products too. The only annoying thing is every time you start to love something you find it has disappeared and something else comes along.
This was a Christmas special a couple of years ago and the theme then was Fairy tales, hence the name. It is of course a play on words as this has a little string tale and is fairy coloured pink. It is modeled on a sugar mouse but this is rather a fat little mouse being half of a sphere. He has two milk chocolate buttons for eyes and a piece of string for his tail.
The first thing I do with all Lush scrubs is get out the pestle and mortar and crush them up. I can never break off bits in the bath or shower as they tend to be too hard. They are also too harsh to hold and rub over your body whole so this works best for me. Once the entire scrub is crushed up finely I put it all in a washed out Lush tub and keep it in the bathroom. This was I can scoop out small bits at a time to do whichever parts of the body I want.
This one is a lovely shade of pink and smells of strawberries, a bit like the old ' Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' - Lush shower gel a wonderful girly pink crushed scent of strawberries. I do find that these solid scrubs can be quite harsh, hence mu pestle and mortar treatment.
As I scoop bits out I then gently massage this into whatever bit of me needs exfoliating. I do my feet, knees and elbows pretty much every second day and a scrub like this lasts me about two weeks crushed up like this.
The thing I like about Lush scrubs is that the scrubby part is either sugar like in this one or salt and both of these dissolve into the bathwater leaving no messy bits. They also always have some element of soapiness in them and also some moiturising content so that once you have rinsed yourself off you feel thoroughly clean, skin enlivened and mosturised too.
This scrub is a very effective exfoliator. The other good thing about being made of sugar is that as you add water it becomes a bit like a paste and of course the more water you add the more gentle the scrub becomes. I would NOT suggest that you use this on your face as it is a bit harsh for that but as you can use it anywhere else on your body. If you have very sensitive skin I would suggest you try it somewhere small first and add enough water to make it dissolve a bit more before using this. You can really feel it working hard to get rid of all dead skin and other impurities and I always come out feeling glowing.
If you choose to ignore my pestle and mortar tip and keep it in a pot then be very careful because once this is wet it does start to dissolve. If left on a soap dish you will come back to a melted sludge . This can be used still but is obviously not as effective. If you don't want to crush it up I would suggest you still find a container to keep it in as it is easier to handle then.
As I like to test things thoroughly in the interest of reviewing this morning I I used it on one arm and leg but not the other just to see what difference it did make. The arm and leg to get the treatment did feel a lot smoother and softer and certainly felt glowing and enlivened so I was pretty happy as my skin super soft and smooth. The only trouble was that this was my last bit of mouse finished so half my body will have to be done tomorrow with something else.
This does start dissolving as soon as any water id added so you have to work quite quickly and because you also get a bit of a lather you don't need to use any shower gel or soap as well. As you lather and massage the scent comes through nicely and I really like the way it makes my skin feel really soft and silky as well.
I do love the smell it is a clean soapy strawberry smell rather than sickly sweet and cloying like some strawberry smells in toiletries. The scent comes out more as you add warm water and I could smell it in my bathroom after I got out dried myself, dressed and had breakfast then went back up to clean my teeth. It wasn't knock me out strawberries but it had that hint of strawberry mixed with clean of soap.
Although this is a good effective scrub it isn't my favourite one from Lush. The very best is' Glorious Mud' which smells wonderful but leaves the bath a bit of a mess. I also like the green one called 'Sugar Scrub' which smells fresh and herby with ginger and fennel. I can't say I would rush to buy this one again at around £2.75 for 3.5 ounces there are others I prefer. This is a fun novelty and the sort of thing you might pop in someone's stocking or similar as a gift. So although this is a combination of three of my favorite things - sugar, strawberries, and white chocolate, I do find I prefer other Lush scrubs to this one.
What do you do with the chocolate eyes? Well I wouldn't eat them! I crushed mine into my mix as I felt cocoa butter could only be good for my skin but it you choose to break bits off to use it I would let them dissolve in your bath and moisturize your skin with them.
Thanks for reading. Hope this has been useful and interesting to you. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
I've always shied away from the Lush scrubs since they came out last year. I'd heard some pretty off putting things about them being as hard as rock and taking your skin off. So I was a little apprehensive when I received one in my Lush 'Grab Bag' a couple of weeks ago.
This little cutie is the normal scrub shape, but unlike the others which are plain, this one has two milk chocolate button eyes (tempting though it was, I didn't eat them!) and a string tail poking out the back. It also has a lovely sweet smell, much like their Rock Star soap
On good authority from a friend who uses these scrubs, I crushed mine into a Tupperware pot very soon after I got it home. I was given a freebie green one last year and didn't do this, stashing it under my bed with the rest of my Lush only to find a couple of months later that it was rock solid, unbreakable and unusable - only fit for the bin. This one, being much fresher crumbled easily.
I took another little bowl in with me and before I got in the shower I decanted a little bit of the scrub into it and resealed the rest. I did this to stop getting the bits I wasn't going to use from getting wet and getting ruined..
So, in the shower I go. I picked up a little pile and rubbed it in my hands. It quickly mixed with the water on my hands and I found it spread very easily over my skin. I have found some other makes of body scrub to be too thick and they've not always moved/spread around the skin very well, so I've ended up using copious amounts of them in one shower. This is not a problem here.
I also didn't find it too scratchy. It had enough scratch to it, but not harsh. I have skin that marks and goes red very quickly. I didn't go red and blotchy after using this scrub. All this, whilst catching the sugary sweet whiff of the scrub's scent.
After the shower, my skin felt nice and soft, and oddly moisturised. I'm not sure if this product has any moisturiser added to it, but it certainly didn't dry my skin out.
The scrubs are fairly expensive at £2.60 each, but I used 1/5th of mine and this was plenty, which helps to reduce the cost per application nicely.
After trying and being thoroughly impressed with A Sugar Babe, I couldn't wait to try out Lush's other sugar scrubs. I found Fairytail in their Christmas '09 range online and immediately added it to my basket, after using it I wish I'd added a few more as they are no longer available to buy from Lush direct and I like them so much.
Fairytail is a beautiful pink semi-sphere of solid sugar scrub that somewhat resembles a sugar mouse, with white chocolate button eyes and a string tail. He looked so cute as I released him from his paper wrapping that it almost made me feel sad to use him. Only almost though, I still couldn't wait to test out his scrubby powers and used him the very same night as he arrived at my doorstep.
Using Fairytail couldn't be simpler, take a shower or soak in the bath, then rub him over damp skin to leave a layer of oil and sugar crystals on your skin and then rub in circular motions until all the sugar has dissolved and finally rinse. Now I personally don't have a shower so I always use my scrubs after a soak in the bath and I'm always very careful not to drop them in the water or get them too wet as they are made of sugar and will dissolve very quickly.
Even before it gets wet Fairytail smells divine there's a hint of strawberry mingled with a touch of coconut with very slight citrus and floral undertones. While the coconut in A Sugar Babe came from oil in this the main scents are from coconut milk powder and strawberry powder (there are even little black dots that appear to be strawberry seeds). On use the aroma does change slightly as the Frankincense, Bergamot and geranium oils are released but it's still divine.
The fair-trade sugar crystals in Fairytale are fairly large and it is a very 'scrubby' scrub, I would say it's rougher than A Sugar Babe, so maybe not suitable for very sensitive skin, but perfect for my dry, itchy skin. As the crystals dissolve I find that my skin is coated with a light covering of non-greasy oil, that leaves it feeling soft and wonderfully pampered. After using Fairytail it's important to store it safely away from water, I put my sugar scrubs in Tupperware style containers after use allowing them to dry a little before putting the lid on. It's worth noting that they never seem to completely dry out and go as solid as before that first use, but they do still work just as well even when they become a little sludgy. I actually only use them whole the first time and then break bits off for subsequent uses.
On rinsing and drying my skin is beautifully scented with sweet strawberry and coconut (which lingers for several hours), any redness quickly disappears and it feels and looks divinely soft and radiant. I have a very large, itchy baby bump and even this area feels soothed for a few hours. After using various Lush sugar scrubs over the last couple of weeks the improvement in my skin condition is very noticeable, my partner can't get enough of stroking my super-soft bump (and a few other areas). I can't recommend any of Lush's solid scrubs enough, and that definitely includes this one, it is as good as or even better than many high-end products I've tried. And yet this only cost me £2.50, doesn't contain too many nasty chemicals, is not tested on animals, is vegetarian and will last for at least 6 full-body scrubs. Sadly though it was a Christmas '09 special edition and is longer available on Lush's website, but if you can get your hands on any in-store then get them while you can. It looks like I'm going to have to see if I can find them on EBay or wait and hope they make a return appearance next Christmas.
As the details are no longer available on the website, I'll give a full list of ingredients:
Fair-trade Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Frankincense Oil, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Coconut milk powder, Strawberry powder, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Perfume, Colour 18050, While chocolate button, Candle wick.
Even though i have heard of Lush before and bought some of their sets as presents, i had never used any of their stuff until now. I was lucky enough to get this exfoiliator as a christmas present and im already excited to buy something else from the store.
Fairy tale comes in a half circle shape with a little bit of string attached. Its baby pink colour with what looks like two little eyes in the shape of white chocolate buttons, i think its meant to look like a little mouse or something! It smells slightly like strawberries and from what i have read on the website, its the same scent as something called Yummy Yummy shower gel.
To use it you have to break a little piece of at a time, but be careful! The first time i broke a bit of loads of it went flying all over my bathroom floor because i was too rough! It crumbles a bit too easily so be careful when you are using it so you dont waste too much. A small bit covers quite a decent amount of skin so after you get the hang of breaking it apart you can get quite a bit of use out of it, about 4 or 5 full body applications. I expected it to be really rough on my skin because it was so solidly packed together but it wasnt. It gives a good scrub and my skin felt really soft afterwards, and i didnt have to rub it much to get a really good effect. Unlike most exfoiliators that i have used, this started dissolving after you rub it a bit and it starts to get a bit of a lather! I have never seen a scrub like this before, but i loved it as it made my skin really soft and the scent got a bit stronger at this part. Because of the lather, after i had a shower, my skin felt really nice and soft and i didnt need to apply any mouisturiser which was brilliant. I could also faintly smell the strawberries from my skin later in the day.
This sells for about £2.50 and i think that is pretty reasonable for it. I know Lush are famous for being environmentely friendly and all their products are handmade and they dont use unnecessary packaging. I really admire that and it just makes me like their products more. But with something like this i would advise that you put it in a little container or something so you dont waste any of it coz it crumbles a bit. I think this may just be the best exfoiliater i have used and even though i havent used it on my face, it wasnt as hard as i initially thought it would be so im sure it would be fine if you used it there.
The only thing is, i still dont have a clue what your meant to do with those little white buttons!?
This fun sugar scrub comes in the shape of a pink mouse, complete with white chocolate button eyes and a string tail!
The 2009 Lush Christmas range is based on fairy tales, with the products designed around characters such as Cinderella, hence the name.
I've found the best way to use this product is to break off a small piece with dry hands before you get into the bath shower, as if you get the whole mouse wet it will go very soggy and not dry out properly afterwards.
As you add water, a gorgeous strawberry scent is released, not sickly sweet and not an artificial smell- simply perfect, juicy strawberries.
This scrub is an amazing exfoliator- as you add water it forms a paste, and the more water you add, the more gentle the scrub is, so it is very adaptable and great for sensitive skin like mine, as you can just add a few drops more water to make it less abrasive. You can feel it working and getting rid of any dead skin or impurities, and it can be used all over the body.
It left my skin super soft and smooth- the first time I used this product, I used it on one arm but not the other to see if I could tell any difference- the difference was astounding! The arm I'd used the scrub on was soft, smooth and glowing, whereas the other arm just looked dull and felt dry and rough.
It is an expensive product at £2.50 per mouse, so sadly I can't afford to use it every day. However as you only need a small amount, the product will last for quite a long time- I would say 6-10 uses depending on how generous you are with the amount you use. I use this once a week and it has done wonders for my dry wintery skin.
This is a fun and very effective scrub, and I would thoroughly recommend giving it a try.
I recieved this in my Fairy Tail gift box,and even though it wasn't one of the items I particularly liked the look of,it turned out to be brilliant!
When I first took it out of the box,some of it had crumbled away leaving it looking less than it's best and a bit small (maybe these should be packaged when in giftboxes in a bag or something?) but still a lovely shade of pink.
The smell hit me right away as the same smell as Yummy Yummy Yummy - a lovely Lush shower gel - the scent of strawberries.
Once you get it into the bath,the best course of action is to break off a tiny piece at a time and scrub it into a section of your body at a time so as not to waste loads at once.
This is the best Sugar Scrub from Lush that I've tried so far - the most moisturising and exfoliating,but with less of a scratchyness.
The biggest flaw is that if you leave it on your bathroom shelft uncovered etc. then it soaks up moisture in the air and turns into sludge. The sludge still works,though,it just looks less appealing. So,try finding a tub or tin to store it in so that it dosn't end up making a mess!
This is very reasonably priced,by the way,at £2.50 for something that lasts around 4 baths,maybe more depending how much you want to use!