As I’ve probably mentioned before – actually, as I’ve DEFINITELY mentioned before – I am a huge fan of the store Lush, and am trying to sample every single product that they make. One of the recent products I’ve tried is the Nutts Massage Bar.
I originally came across Nutts when it was released as part of the Retro range. Retro is a selection of products which were discontinued from stores, but which were not unpopular enough to get rid of completely. They are only available from the Lush website, not in-store. In recent years, the company have begun to release different products from Lush’s past every month or two as limited editions, so that customers are able to sample a variety of different products. I purchased the Nutts Massage Bar from the website at a price of GBP5.95.
What’s a massage bar? Well, as the name suggests, they are designed to be used during massages. Lush intend them to be used with a partner, hence why there are a lot of them released on Valentine’s Day! The idea is that your partner rubs the bar between their hands and massages you, releasing relaxing or energising scents and moisturising your skin at the same time. Having said that, you can just use the bars as solid moisturisers, which is what I tend to do.
The name for this particular bar could have been derived from the fact that it is made from coconut oil (which is very moisturising). However, the bar is described as having a masculine scent, so maybe the name comes from something else! The bar is also made with cocoa butter, another very moisturising ingredient. It also contains tahini, vetivert oil, sesame oil, vanilla and tonka absolutes, sandalwood oil and bergamot oil. This combination of rich, sweet and uplifting ingredients has resulted in an amazing smell – I love the scent, it reminds me of cakes. It has a nutty aroma with a bit of sweetness.
The bar is designed to melt at just above room temperature, meaning that it will begin to melt fairly soon after holding it in your hands. This is definitely a luxurious bar for intensive moisturising, as it would be a bit rich for every day. I rub the bar between my hands to release the oils then massage into my skin.
The bar feels very luxurious to use and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It keeps my skin soft for several hours, which is impressive as I do suffer from dry skin on my body. The smell is amazing too – I can still smell it the next day on my skin. Though the smell is described as masculine, I feel it is more of a general unisex smell that anyone can enjoy. Though the bar melts fairly quickly, I don’t need to use much at any one time, so it is lasting me for ages.
I highly recommend this massage bar. It smells amazing and is really effective.
LADIES! Try to get your boyfriend/ hubby to massage you with Nutts and you're in for a tough challenge: unless he is addicted to chocolate or caramel ice-cream, he is unlikely to go for it. You will not care, however, for as soon as this massage bar melts onto your skin and you inhale its smokey-vanilla, cakey-musk-gorgeousness for the first time, it will instantly become your favourite after-bath moisturiser.
But be warned! This is a heavy, oily bar of solid cocoa butter, amongst other things, which tends to sit on top of your skin (and even makes my feet hot sometimes, as though it's insulating the skin with an invisible film!) Overindulgence, especially in any area where you may be prone to spots, can only lead to trouble.
Having said that, it's so addictive that you can be forgiven for wanting to smooth just a little over your arms and legs before gong out, just so you can smell like a biscuit factory. What could be better than an all-in-one perfume, skin conditioner and insulator against the cold?
I want to bite it.
I went to Lush looking for coconut scented products as these are one of my favourite smells. I really love dessert and sweet smelling things so the sales lady suggested this Nutts Massage bar. She said that it's a lot easier to melt than their other bars (though I never had a problem with the other bar I've tried) but I thought I'd give it a go. This bar is available for £4.84.
As you may know, Lush shops have a very strong (and to me often quite overpowering) smell off all their products mixed together, so actually smelling something in store is quite tricky for me. This is why I didn't quite get to smell this massage bar that well in store but liked what I could smell... Now when I got home I could detect other base notes I haven't noticed in the shops and I don't really like it.
The bar is just a plain oval shape and has no designs on it (other bars have lips or a honeycomb design) so it looked quite plain. The main ingredients used were coconut oil, cocoa and shea butter and vanilla, bergamot, sandalwood and sesame oil. I personally thought the sesame was rather odd as I tend to use that in my Chinese cooking so maybe that was one of the base notes that had the offending scent to it.
Whilst not having anything particularly special smelling or looking about it, I found that it melts too quickly. This is a shame as you only get a few uses out of it. I've even tried just leaving it in a container and rubbing my fingers over it so I could try and avoid ending up using too much... it's a bit too pricey to waste in my opinion.
Whilst it did moisturise my body nicely, I wouldn't buy this again due to it being just a bit too pricey for the amount of uses you get out of it and the scent isn't really me either. I sometimes find that I can detect a hint of a bitter smell in there which just puts me off the product. I used it up as a moisturiser before I even had the chance to use it as a massage bar.
I'd recommend that if you're interested in this one, try and have a good smell of it in the shops and try it on to see if you think it melts too fast. This won't be one that I'll be repurchasing again.
I can't help but swoon whenever I go near the massage bar counter in my local lush - they all look good enough to eat! I am currently the proud owner of a Nutts massage bar, and it is one of the better ones, in my humble opinion. It smells beautifully of chocolate and general cocoa-y goodness, and melts in your hands to provide a wonderful massage oil. I prefer the bar form infinately to actual massage oil as there is no danger of it all running down your back and making a puddley mess on your bed. Also because the bar is solid, it eliminates a need for unnessecary packaging, which is always good by me. It costs about a fiver and lasts for ages, so it's great value for money. All in all, I would definatley recommend this to anyone who likes to realx now and then but can't quite afford the 5-star massage parlour.
I have well and truly been sucked in by these Lush products. Upon nipping into a nearby store the other day to buy another Soft Coeur and see if there was an alternative to Buffy, I was met by quite a good offer. A £50 bag of goodies for £15. This is basically to get rid of the excess Christmas stock and box sets that they can't keep because of the limited shelf life of Lush products. The only thing is it is pretty much a lucky dip and you don't know until you get home what you've got.
Thankfully for me I had picked a bag with quite a good selection of 15 products and one of these was a Nutts Massage Bar. This flat, pale yellowy cream oval shaped bar seemed quite ordinary and boring compared to my soft coeur and my mange tout (which I somehow managed to buy as well - expect a review!) and to be honest I was a little put off by the initial smell. But after my shower yesterday I thought well if it's a natural product I better use this one first so that it doesn't go off - the other two could wait. You see I have decided that these bars are best used as moisturisers. Yes if I get a massage out of them so much the better but in the weeks since I have been using these bars my skin has been lovely and radiant and I am saving on perfume and body spray!
Now Nutts is so named because it is made from organic coconut butter which makes it melt quicker and is much smoother in texture. I can seen the reasoning behind this because coconut oil seems to heat quicker when I use it so I guess it has the same qualities. It also has tahini paste (made from sesame seeds - like you use in humous!) and Sesame oil, which again heats quickly so it all makes sense. There is also cocoa butter in there so it is quite rich. The thing is that these ingredients to me don't make up the "poshest coconut chocolate" scent - they make a concoction that reminds me of an soap that my Gran used to buy. It isn't unpleasant and is actually quite comforting in a way. That could be from the Vetivert Oil which is used as a calming agent both to the skin and the senses and there is sandalwood which blends with the sesame to give a deeper spicy note and bergamot oil to lift it all. There is also Vanilla in there which gives it a slightly sickly sweet note to start with but which warms up once the massage bars oils have warmed on the skin. I have to say that initially the fragrance is not my favourite but after a while of being on the body it has a warm almost medicinal fragrance which is quite pleasant but nothing amazing.
Now it is very true that this massage bar melts quickly. As with all of these massage bars you get the oils flowing by rubbing the bar in your hands and then you smooth the bar firmly but gently over your skin. This massage bar seemed to have a looser texture than the other bars. It almost felt like it would disintergrate if you squeezed it and before it turned to a glistening lighter textured oil than in other bars there were big streaks of cream coloured liquid which melted to an almost baby oil consistency. This is fine but because it melts so quickly you use alot in one go - in fact I ended up using about half a bar and this is too much and because of this it isn't easily absorbed. After much massaging into the skin - 10 minutes - I did have to towel myself down to remove the excess before I got dressed.
That as you can imagine was more of an inconvenience than I really wanted but there was another reason that I had to towel myself down. Whether it was just this particular bar or whether it is a common thing tiny hard particles were being left on my skin. At first I thought it must be an exfoliating bar as well but nothing I have read about the product would indicate this. My only conclusion was that it was from the tahini paste. I don't know that it is and I will be asking the question at a Lush shop soon. If the lack of absorption was bad enough, the last thing I wanted was bits of grit between me and my clothing.
The annoying thing is my skin felt fantastic afterwards. It felt smooth and supple and even my problem skin from my weight loss felt a little tighter. It was lovely to have beautifully toned and conditioned skin. I just didn't like the fact that I had to get towel covered in the excess and particles to be able to feel the benefit of this massage bar.
Now at £4.84 if this bar only does a couple of "sessions" then it isn't the best value of Lush's massage bar range and it isn't the best smelling (like I say not unpleasant but not as yummy as some). Yes it is organic and vegan and you pay for that but the hassle that also accompanied it in terms of how quickly it was used up, absorption and the particles made it more of a hassle than a pleasure. And these bars are really about treating yourself and your skin. I wouldn't say don't buy this product because my skin does feel great and if you are looking for a conditioning treatment which is effective and cheap compared to some products out there then this is certainly the one for you. But compared to similar Lush products this one was a bit of a let down. I will be checking at my local store to see if the particles are normal because if they are I probably wouldn't purchase this again but if it was a rogue bar then I might if I felt my skin needed a real conditioning treatment. But to be honest there are so many fantastic massage bars to choose from which will probably have the same results, that this one will more than likely soon be forgotten.
After rediscovering the joys of Lush's massage bars and falling in love with their Fever bar, I decided to treat myself to another. The one I really wanted was the Each Peach bar, but as Lush do an offer whereby you get a free massage bar tin when buying two massage bars, I decided to get two so I could get the free tin, given the fact that one of the biggest downsides to using the bars (in my opinion, anyway) is that they are a pain in the neck to store. The massage bar tins are oval shaped, but (quite annoyingly) not all of the massage bars are! This meant I had to choose another oval shaped bar , and looking through the product descriptions online, I decided that Nutts sounded like the one I would most like.
I must be honest, this is not one that had ever really registered with me before, probably due to its bland appearance and fairly uninspiring name. The fact that it was described as being coconutty appealed to me though, given as it is one of my favourite scents.
So, as I said, the appearance of Nutts, is bland to say the least. It is simply a flat oval shape, and is a rather boring beige colour. It looks a little bit like a bar of soap, but if you picked it up you'd probably notice that this is not the case, as this one melts very quickly.
When this arrived, I must admit the smell wasn't quite what I had been expecting. I don't think the bar really smells like coconut at all, it is more like a creamy cocoa butter smell. It's pleasant, but quite plain at the same time, and there's nothing in particular that makes it stand out.
To use the bar, you simply rub it over the skin, and your natural body heat will melt the oils, which you can then massage in. Lush describe this one as being 'extra melty' in the Lush times, and I have to say, they're not wrong! Compared to the last massage bar I used, I found that this melted extremely quickly. This also meant that the bar seemed to wear down very quickly, meaning I got very few uses from it - disappointing really, given the cost of these things.
I use the massage bars on my thighs as a packaging-free alternative to body oil. I found that the oil was easy to rub in, but took quite some time to sink into my skin compared to the last one I used.
Once on the skin, I think the coconut smell starts to come out a little bit, but the overwhelming scent is still that of cocoa butter.
When the oils do eventually sink into the skin, I am left with soft, supple skin. I find it best to use the bar before going to bed, otherwise I would find my clothes sticking to me.
The bar costs £4.95 for a 65g bar and can be purchased in Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk
Well, I have to say I was quite disappointed with this one. The smell wasn't really what I was hoping for, and I found it to be just as bland as it looked! It also wore down quickly meaning I didn't get many uses out of it. I won't be buying this one again - I knew I should have bought another bar of Fever!!
Whilst I wouldnt say Im a big fan of Lush and their products, I have become more appreciative of them in recent years, thanks to discovering their massage bars. My girlfriend, like any good girlfriend should is well aware of this and also of my liking of coconut. So when a new massage bar made with coconut oil appeared in the Lush Times, she knew straight away that all she had to do was mention it in passing and Id go and buy one.
Well, I fooled her! I liked the sound of it so much, I bought two. Yes, I am as predictable as that makes me sound.
The Nutts massage bar is what I think is the best shape for a massage bar, a flat oval about 3 inches long by 2 wide and around half an inch thick. This makes it resemble a bar of soap and makes it easy to rub in your hands to heat it up so the oils are released. Compared to most Lush products, this is surprisingly drab, as its a beige coloured lump, quite different from many of their brightly coloured bath products and the like.
Of course, the main point of Lush products is what you do with them and how they smell and make you feel. Apparently, the Nutts massage bar is made from a different blend of oils and butters to help it melt more easily and it certainly releases the oils a lot quicker and more easily than the Black magic massage bars weve tried previously. The end result is a clear oil as well, as compared to some of the massage bars, again like the Black Magic, which can give you a more greasy and buttery oil. This makes it very easy to use compared to some massage bars, even if youve got smaller hands.
The real beauty of the Nutts massage bar is in the smell, however. Even before you do anything with it, you get a gorgeous rich cocoa smell coming from it. Once you start rubbing the bar to release the butters, this eases down slightly and whilst you still get that cocoa aroma, it eases back, becoming less rich and letting the smell of the coconut oil come through. Once the oils are applied to the body and have been given time to soak in and dry slightly, this coconut smell comes through fully and you end up with a body that smells like a dark chocolate Bounty bar. The great thing about the Nutts massage bar is that because the smell is so rich, you dont need a lot of the oils to smell wonderful afterwards. Although, as I have discovered previously, the more oil there is, the more fun you can have.
The oils do take a while to be absorbed into the skin, so if youve got bedding or other items you dont want covered in them, it may be advisable to remove them or put something over the top. The oils shouldnt cause any damage, but it will make them all greasy. The same is true of the skin, as the oils will hang around for a long time before being fully absorbed and even then, you can still feel a slight greasiness to the skin afterwards. Towelling the oils off is the best course of action, as this removed the oils, but doesnt remove the smell like washing them off would, so you get to smell that delicious cocoa and coconut combination all day.
Whilst the oils and the aroma may linger, there isnt really a noticeable effect to be had on the skin. Admittedly, as with most Lush products, the all natural ingredients shouldnt cause any irritation, even to sensitive skin. But there doesnt seem to be too much of a long-term a moisturising property with this bar. The oils do make your skin seem quite soft at the time and may mask dry areas of skin, but these will return once the oils are washed off.
Of course, if you wanted a moisturiser, you would buy one of those instead. When you want a massage, whether to ease tired muscles of just for a bit of fun, Lush massage bars are what you need. Whilst the Nutts is a little more expensive than most at £4.35 for a 65 gram bar (as opposed to £3.95 for a 65 gram bar for some of the others), the rich aroma and the ease with which the bar melts to oils means you need less of the bar to get the same effects as the others and so in terms of value for money, it works out well and the all natural ingredients mean it should suit everyone, even those with sensitive skin and its listed as suitable for vegans, although those with a nut allergy would certainly not be advised to use this bar, as it contains sesame and coconut oils.
Whilst I think that on balance, I do just about prefer the invigorating citrus scent of the Each Peach massage bar, the Nutts comes in a very close second. The only downside is that its not terribly polite when you buy it. I took my order to the counter and the till display flashed up Nutts at me. Nutts to you too, I replied. Before getting it home and discovering that if something is going to drive you nuts, I guess it can get away with being a little bit rude every now and again.
One of the best products to ever come out of the whiffy shop that is Lush are the massage bars. They have to be one of my favourite things to buy and whenever something new comes out and I spot it either on their website having just got paid or in the Lush Times you can guarantee I have bought it within the next few days.
So why do I obsess over massage bars? Simply because 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 and of course not forgetting that it takes two to use I dont think I need to say more than that.
So what did catch my eye in Lush well a new massage bar titled Nutts massage bar which retails at £4.35 for a 65gram bar, okay it is a lot more expensive than some of the other massage bars but it was new and I had just been paid and the money was burning a hole right through my pocket, 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. As always the Massage bar came wrapped within a clear cellophane wrapper clearly displaying the Lush logo.
The Nutts bar to me looks like an ordinary piece of nice soap (see picture) which could be sat in anyones bathroom and this is perhaps a little disappointing when you consider that it isnt brightly coloured either and has in this instance moved away from the Lush norm or being a pretty shape of colour when instead what you have is something looking like a drab piece of soap.
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 havent, well I will explain all. To use your massage bar is really simple because you pretty much mimic the actions of using a bar of soap. To melt the bar you simply rub it between your hands which will then loosens some of the calming essential oils and butters (if you look at your hands they will appear slightly greasy) to enable you to massage much easier so that your fingers glide over the skin.
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 to make it feel like someone is dancing over your grave as the shivers set in.
After using the massage bar you may need to towel off any excess oils 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 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.
Now I have to admit that although this massage bar does look exceptionally boring it does smell absolutely amazing and for anyone who is an avid fan of Cocoa butter than you will certainly enjoy the smell of this. Firstly there is a combination of both Cocoa Butter and Coconut oil both of which are known to moisturise the skin thoroughly. Then we have Sesame oil which isextremely versatile and is used for its ability to penetrate the skin easily, nourishing and detoxifying even the deepest tissue layers of your skin. Vetivert Oil which is used for it destressing and calming capabilities but can also be used to deal with insomnia and finally we have Sandalwood Oil which can be found in a lot of Lush products and it is used for dry skin whether on your scalp or your body as a whole and it helps to add nourishment to it
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 with a combination of the coconut oil working together make a wonderful aroma once it is released onto your hands and body when you begin to massage. I personally love the smell and it does linger on your body for a good few hours after using and it reminds me of Summer time when everyone smells of Coconuts after using Suntan lotion.
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 a minimum of 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 feeling really soft and totally moisturised and had a healthy glowing effect.
So do I recommend this product? Well you wont 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.
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.
Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols.
Lush first officially launched their products in 1995, although they had been around for many years previous and their name was decided upon in a competition after many years of working under the name 'Cosmetics to go' as a mail order company and so to Poole in Dorset the firm grew and became globally known.
Organic, unrefined cocoa and coconut butters for your best massage ever / Melt in your hands, stroke smoothly and firmly all over a body /