I wish I would have asked a Lush assistant for advice before buying this product! Ocean Salt is NOT for sensitive skin! I was looking for a natural scrub for my face and decided that this would be the best one, coming from Lush who make natural skincare products. The scrub itself is packed full of salt and comes presented in one of their standard black recycled pots. Ocean Salt comes in two sizes so I decided to purchase the small pot, seeing as it was my first time purchasing this product.
The smell is lovely. I would say the smell of Ocean Salt is quite uplifting and fresh. It also has a nice appearance. You can instantly see that the product is a scrub with the heaps of salt making up around 80% of the scrub itself. The scrub also contains Vodka which gives it a "kick", quite literally. There's a swirl of something blue inside the scrub too which makes it visually appealing. The scrub does sting if you accidently get it into your eyes so try your best to keep it away from the eye area. Due to the masses of salt in the scrub it also stings if your skin is sore and/ or sensitive. I once used this scrub after a cold which was a big mistake. My nose was already sore from cheap tissues and this didn't help!
The scrub does work though. It exfoliates the skin really well and leaves your skin glowing after use. It's just suitable for normal skin as opposed to delicate skin, which I have. Also watch out for the larger grains of salt as these scratch the skin leaving red marks.
I did like this scrub. It smells gorgeous, looks great and works a treat. It's just not suitable for everyone. However it's natural, handmade and free from animal testing.
Worth a try on normal skin.
Ocean Salt is one of the most known products from LUSH.
This nice exfoliator can be used for both your body and your face, although it may be a little bit too aggressive for sensitive skins.
It comes in one of LUSH recycled black pots, and it's available in two sizes, 120 g or 250 g. For the money, I definitely recommend to invest in the bigger pot, as it will last you a little bit longer.
It has a nice, grainy consistency due to the actual sea salt in it, and it smells pretty good, like a summery cocktail, thanks to some main ingredients like ocean salt, lime and vodka.
As I said, it might be a little bit too harsh if you have very sensitive skin because the grains are big and rough, but it's perfect for your body, especially if you tend to have breakouts maybe on your back or chest, or on your face if you have oily skin.
It exfoliates leaving your skin pretty smooth and not dry, but nicely hydrated and pleasantly scented.
Be careful to use it on your face and remember always to moisturise afterwards.
Any complaint? Yeah, the price, as always when it comes to LUSH products:
- 120 g=£ 6.75
- 250 g= £12.50
It is a good product, but the price is pretty steep, considering that if you use it on your entire body you don't get more than 6/7 uses out of one big pot.
Anyways, I believe it is still a nice and unique product which it might be interesting to try at least once.
Before purchasing this product I hadn't actually tried any of Lush facial products, mainly because I usually stick to my normally Vichy, Simple or Nivea skin care products. However that day I was in the Lush shop, I must have been feeling adventurous to take the plunge and purchase this Ocean Salt Facial scrub.
My skin type is very indecisive at times depending on the weather and etc. So at times my skin is oily and other times it is very, very dry! Now I normally don't use Face scrub very often, as I also think they are going to be too rough or harsh on my skin.
However this is not the case with this Lush product. The texture is less hard, but more of a grainy texture. After using this product my skin felt so soft and smooth, I was quite surprised. My skin felt fresh and completely clean and at the same time was not dry at all!
Most people don't recommend using Facial scrubs everyday, as they can really dry out your skin. So I wouldn't recommend using this product everyday. I usually use this Lush facial scrub at least once a week, just to really clean and cleanse my skin, as I do wear make-up everyday. It is a lovely feeling to take off all my make-up and use this scrub on my skin. I feel like it is getting deep into my skin to take away all the dirt and leave my skin feeling brand new and refreshed!
The mixed turquoise and light blue, makes this product look as amazing as it smells! This product is made with organic limes, coarse sea salt and grapefruit infusion.The scent is so fresh and exotic, you feel like your being whisked away to an exotic beach on an island!
Price: This product is £7.25 for 120g and £13.25 for 250g
I feel like this product is a little but on the pricey side, however you really do get a great quality skin care product for your money. Also compared to other facial scrubs, this Lush Ocean scrub most certainly comes out on top!
I would most certainly recommend this Lush facial scrub, as it has worked wonders on my skin and is now a product that I make sure I have in my bathroom cupboards at all times!
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I need a good exfoliator. I've got loads for my body that work a treat but my face really needs it. I have dry cheeks, a flaky/greasy nose, spotty chin and a shiny forehead. Yes, very attractive. I've tried loads of different face washes but they were either too harsh or not 'scrubby' enough and I was starting to get very frustrated until I read in a magazine that a woman was having the same problem as me and was recommended in the beauty section to try out Ocean Salt from Lush.
When having a look on the website I realised that EVERY SINGLE ingredient is natural, and they actually tell you in the description exactly how they made it so you know what you're getting. I always struggled with looking at the ingredients of products and worried that they would be as effective as rubbing acid on my face but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this product consists of very simple ingredients such as avocado butter and lime oil. At £13.25 per 250g, the stuff ain't cheap but I'm quite familiar with Lush products and have faith in them!
The tub is very classic of Lush, no muss no fuss. There isn't much to it apart from a black tub with white writing. Very bohemian I feel! It looks fantastic on my shelf with my other beauty products and it really stands out considering the basic packaging. Again, with the dip pot. I always make sure I have clean hands before using this to avoid transferring bacteria onto my face from my hands. The product itself looks really lovely, a nice attractive bluey colour and actually looks like the sea. The scent isn't over powering either it's got a nice hint of lime through it which is nice and refreshing.
A little goes a long way, and when I say little.. I really mean a tiny scoop covers my full face. When I first peered into the pot I felt rather scared of rubbing those great big salt crystals into my face but it feels lovely. My skin seems to react better to salt than the manufactured scrubs with the likes of sand and the salt felt beautifully soothing against my face. With a small scoop I was able to massage this into face evenly until the majority of the salt had melted and washed off easily. One word of advice; MAKE SURE YOUR MOUTH IS CLOSED TIGHT BEFORE WASHING THIS OFF. The taste is absolutely horrid!
When drying my face I waited on that all too familiar tightening feeling across my face that I often experience when using any sort of product on my face. To my absolute surprise it never came! My skin felt so soft after use and my moisturiser glided on afterwards!
I've been using this scrub for about 4 weeks, 3/4 times a week and I've never looked back. I would definitely recommend this product to absolutely anyone, my skin feels absolutely wonderful and it's definitely given it a new lease of life. I was starting to feel really down at the state of my skin and felt that it was ageing way beyond it's years but this product has turned all the lights on and has almost eliminated all my usual skin problems. I can imagine that the price would turn others off, Lush do tend to be rather expensive compared to other products and I'm sure this is down to the quality of their ingredients. This product is very high quality and I don't think I'll ever look back!
In my bid to sample every product that my favourite store, Lush, makes, I bought some of their facial scrub, Ocean Salt. This is one of the most longstanding Lush products, and has remained popular for several years, so I was looking forward to trying it.
The scrub contains both fine and coarse sea salt to cleanse and scrub your skin in a natural way. Lime brightens, while avocado butter softens skin. It is designed for the face, but can be used on the body too. However, I thought the scrub was too pricey to use on my body, so I kept it for my face. A 100g pot is worth £7.25 and a 250g pot costs £13.25 - it isn't cheap!
The scrub doesn't seem to be suitable for vegans, but it is suitable for vegetarians (like all Lush products). It has an amazing smell, invigorating and refreshing, a bit like a tequila cocktail, with lemon and salt. It's perfect for summer, but is refreshing in the winter too. The colour is pale blue and white, reminding me of Big Shampoo without the big coconut bits, although the chunks of salt made up for this!
I used this twice a week as a facial scrub for my oily skin. I found I had to be quite gentle with it as the lumps of salt can be fairly large. However once I got the hang of it, I was able to use it without hurting my skin. I always wet my face first before applying the scrub. I thought the scrub was easy to apply, despite the large bits, and didn't have to use loads of it. It didn't sting my skin or irritate it, but I would watch out if you have any scratches or wounds, because of the salt! I normally take a small piece and rub it in a circular motion over my face, focusing on my nose and chin and being extra gentle on my cheeks.
After using this my skin feels slightly tight, but this is easily rectified by the use of moisturiser. I wouldn't want to use it more than around twice a week, as it might dry out my skin, but used in this way it helps to keep my skin clear. I always feel really clean after using this, and I'm confident that my skin is better, especially after using it all through the summer to help combat my oily skin.
I have noticed that my skin is slightly less oily after introducing this scrub to my routine, and I get fewer spot outbreaks. Despite the high price, this is definitely something I'd consider buying again, and I recommend it.
The first time you open this little, black, pot of exfoliating facial scrub you will need to give it a little mix.
Onto damp skin I rub Lush Ocean Salt Face Scrub onto my face, and neck, in circular movements. It is of a thick and creamy substance with grains of sea salt embedded within.
Sea salt is abrasive and the product ought to warn about this, otherwise people might use this on a daily basis, and find the skin has been over exfoliated. I have used this once a week and that really is plenty. The scrub scratches against my skin, the grittiness is uncomfortable, and leaves my face looking reddened. From now on I am not going to use it on my face, but try it on my feet, because I reckon they can handle the exfoliation a lot better than my sensitive face.
Another problem, for me, is that when it touches my lips or accidently goes in my mouth it tastes of salt - yuk!
I have one spot on my face - I wonder if this scrub could have caused it?
Do not use this if you have dry or sensitive skin unless you want to look like you've been attacked by a mad beautian with sandpaper. For oily combination skin it does make the face feel soft afterward but I also felt a bit sore during and after the initial application.
I suggest wearing a shower cap as it is a real pain when the mixture gets stuck in my curlys along my hairline.
Watch out for any cuts or sores on your body because if this citrus based exfoliator touches it - ouch!
Lush Ocean Salt Face Scrub is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. It is handmade and contains natural ingredients but these are mixed with a few chemicals. Although the key citrus ingredients have been soaked overnight in vodka do not attempt to consume this product!
Fine Sea Salt, Fresh Grapefruit Infusion, Coarse Sea Salt, Stearic Acid, Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Triethanolamine, Avocado Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Lime Oil, Lime Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Glycerine, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
It smells of the ocean. The scent isn't my favourite because of the salt smell but once washed off the scent will disappear. After my first use I learnt to use a minimal amount per facial scrub to limit the tingly and scratchy feeling. I have to apply moisturiser on to combat this drying out of the skin.
I can now update you, as I paused in my review writing, to try the facial scrub on my feet. As with my face, I dampened my skin first. I can now report that this did not cause any negative effect on my feet and they feel soft and smooth. There's no horrid salt taste unless you are fond of sucking your feet! I think Lush should change the facial scrub into a foot scrub. That might make me give them more stars.
Personally, I feel £6.95 per 100g is not worth it for this coarse product. There is such a small amount at a high price that if you do decide to buy (you might not react poorly to it) then the price might mean you will want to limit use. I advocate a visit to a branch of Lush where they can provide a trial sample. It does scrub and it does clean just as the advert on the lid promises. However, it is harsh on sensitive skin. Whilst it does not suit me it might be wonderful for you.
I love exfoliators, I love how they really make my skin soft and smooth. I especially love facial exfoliators for reviving my sometimes dull skin and making it look refreshed. One of the ones I've used recently is Lush Ocean Salt. It can be brought from Lush shops of online and 100g costs £6.95.
It comes in a black pot with screw top lid. It has a very course appearance due to the sea salt included and smells quite salty and of citrus all at once. Its an unusual smell for a facial exfoliator. It smells quite strongly but this does not linger on the skin. It is also has antiseptic properties.
To use you take a small amount and massage into damp skin. You do not need much and a pot lasts really well. However I find this to be a bit too rough on my skin, even though I do not have sensitive skin it always feels a bit delicate and needs lots of moisuriser afterwards.
Unlike many exfoliators although my skin feels soft after use it does need moisturiser and sometimes feels a little tight and tender although it does feel smooth and soft.
I think this is a litte too rough on my skin, I prefer exfoliators which leave my skin moiturised as well as soft and smooth, and my skin always drinks moisturiser after use. Im also a little unsure on the smell. Therefore I will not be buying again as there are other exfoliators I prefer and this is just a little too harsh for me.
When I first tried this I wasn't sure whether the zingy sensation and coarseness of the salt was really for me - I preferred a gentle exfoliator. However, that was about five years ago and I've been using it on and off ever since. Like many people I'm a lush fan in general but this is the only product I buy on a regular basis. You soon get used to the rough texture and it can really clear up greasy skin within a couple of days; my skin feels fresh and smoother even after the first scrub. Having said that, Ocean Salt might not be a great choice for those with very sensitive skin.
Best of all are the smell and taste. These might sound strange priorities for an exfoliator, but I don't get out to the coast much and using Ocean Salt is almost like a daily trip to the seaside! Weirdly, I absolutely love being able to taste the sea on my mouth after exfoliating.
One tip: when you first get this, stir the top layer of coarse salt into the smoother layer underneath. The mistake I made at first was not realising the difference in textures, and stirring them up makes it a lot less painful!
Pricewise, the £12.95 tag (for 250g) looks a bit steep and is the only thing that puts me off using it year round. If you're not on my tiny budget though, it does last a long time - I've had my current tub for about a month, use it almost every day, and am only about halfway through. Furthermore, remember to save up your Lush tubs - if you take back 5 you get a free face mask.
Years and years ago I was reading an article in a magazine and it told me that Angelina Jolie had such good skin because she used Lush's Ocean Salt. Well that was me sold. Off to Lush I popped to see what this was all about.
This is a face scrub which contains vodka (it apparently soothes the skin), sea salt, and lime amongst other ingredients. It costs £6.95 for 100g, and comes in the standard black lush packaging with a screw lid, which helps to prevent the scrub from drying out. It claims to clean the skin, leaving it refreshed and moisturised.
The scrub itself is light blue in colour with chunky pieces of sea salt. I wet my skin then rub this into my face in circular motions, paying attention to the t zone and around the nose. I then rinse off and tone my skin. As the pieces of salt are quite chunky you would think this scrub would be really abrasive and would dry the skin out. This is not the case, although it is a slightly harsher scrub than some others on the market, it leaves my skin feeling very refreshed, soft and smooth. A lot of types of skin wouldn't need a moisturiser after using this, but as I tend to wear a lot of make up I applied it as usual. It doesn't really have a smell to it, but has a cooling sensation on the skin, it seems to soothe my skin when I have used it (must be the vodka!). The one thing to watch out for, is if you get this accidently in your mouth (like I have many a time!) as you will get a strong hit of salt. Exactly like if you'd tasted ocean water. The thing I like is that as all natural products have been used, you know it won't harm your skin.
I like this product but wouldn't use it every day, I use it a couple of times a week and feel when I have used it my skin feels really soothed. I have had this pot around 3 months and have a quarter left which I think is good value for money.
I double this up as a face mask occasionally, and apply a thick layer leaving for 15 minutes. This drys on the face and when washed off leaves the skin feeling extra smooth.
Now this is a product I can really tell you about! I bought this because my beautician funnily enough recommend alcohol as a spot tamer. So on my monthly visit to Lush I asked the Lush lady if she had anything with alcohol in for spots and she said "I have just the thing"
And boy, she did! When she opened this for me to look at my jaw dropped. It smelt sickening. The combination of ingredients are so random that the smell went straight to the back of my throat. You can certainly smell the vodka in it mixed with the sea salt and other acidic things it was a really zing-y scent. But unusually quite refreshing! This is actually a facial scrub but the lady told me you can use it on your legs, your arms, your body, everywhere!
I was going to be taking this product on a two week cruise with me so I decided to buy the big 250g. I could not physically put this product down! It made my spots go away after one use, it make my skin feel so soft and fresh.
The exfoliating particles in this product were so grainy and rough it gets right down into your pores and cleanses them making you feel so awake and alive! Even the strange smell becomes more bearable just because of the amazing results it has on your skin practically straight away!
On the cruise the water in the shower was quite drying and I didn't exfoliate every night/morning but when I did I could really tell as it made my skin feel so moisturised and back to normal that I started using it every morning/night and ran out before we got home!
I went straight back to Lush and bought another pot this is certainly a holy grail product. It has fantastic qualities and makes you feel a hundred million dollars! So awake and alive, you will get hooked on this product!
I am a huge fan of Lush, I have probably tried about 50% of their products at any one time when I visit one of their shops. I love that there is always something new being developed and my husband loves Lush for this too. A couple of months ago I said that we had to get through some of the half used products that we had before another visit and then finally the time came for another visit and so on our way home from a lovely holiday we visited the London Liverpool Street store. We picked up about £90 worth of stuff which isn't unusual for us actually and one of the items that we picked up was this 'Ocean Salt Face Scrub'. A 100g black pot filled with this is currently £6.75 but we received ours as part of the 'Uplifted Up Up and Away' gift set which was £24.95 for 6 different items making this just slightly cheaper than usual per item.
This face scrub comes in a standard twist top black pot and these are recyclable. If you take 5 clean pots back to a Lush store you can also receive a free fresh face mask and we always do this as we think it is a fantastic idea and it is always nice to get something for free!
This face scrub is made up of sea salt, organic limes extracted in vodka, grapefruit infusion, lime essential oil, extra virgin coconut oil and several other ingredients. I do not profess to be a buff on all the big words but I know that this is designed to treat dry, coarse skin and is should help to moisturise skin too. I do recall seeing somewhere on the packaging before buying that this was like a tequila cocktail so figured it'd probably be quite cooling and refreshing for my face.
This is a scrub so naturally it is going to be coarse and a little tough on your skin. This is the purpose of a scrub and if this doesn't interest you then this is definitely not the product for you! I tend to use this scrub in the bath rather than the shower. I wet my face and give it a wipe for a flannel or similar cloth first and then I apply this salt scrub. I am gentle when rubbing this on my face but still I end up with a red face after I have used this. I tend to scrub my face and then leave this on my skin for a good 5 or 10 minutes before rinsing it off by splashing my face several times and then using a flannel or similar soft cloth to run down my face and remove all the excess from my skin.
When using this scrub I do find that my skin is softer and smoother from the instant I wash this off. I feel like my skin tightens a little when using this but not so much it feels uncomfortable. There is a lovely scent that comes off from this and in all I thoroughly enjoy using this salt scrub. My skin is red for about 30 minutes after using this but providing I keep up using this a couple of times a week my breakout spot patch has remained clear and healthy too.
I will say that my skin feels delightful after I have used this. In all I feel like my skin has had a little battering but it comes out all the better for it at the end. Keeping my salt scrub in the fridge definitely helps as it is lovely and cool when I apply it to my face and this is ideal to use an hour or two before I am going out for the evening as my skin recovers by then and I feel like my skin is clean and healthy even after I apply make-up.
In all I will give this 5/5. Yes it is not gentle on the skin but the clue there is in the name 'salt scrub'. If it said 'moisturising face cream' then I'd be annoyed but I've used other Lush scrubs (body ones) in the past and expect them to be a bit scratchy on my face.
OCEAN SALT -LUSH FACE SCRUB
If you have been living on a secluded island and not read any reviews on Dooyoo or Ciao for years then you may not have heard of the wonderful cosmetic company called Lush. Lush make their products with as many fresh natural products as possible using little or no preservatives. They source their ingredients from countries where the environment is not damaged by the production of the ingredients. The ingredients used are vegetarian and none are tested on animals. There is always a date on all their products telling when they were made and often who made them as well.
I visit my favourite Lush store in Derby Westfield centre every time I go into the city and each time I visit I buy something and also cheekily ask for a couple of samples. This is one I have tried a few times in the last year and I did actually get a pretty decent sized pot last time.
To buy this facial scrub you have a choice of two sizes either 120g for £6.75 or a bigger pot of 250g for a whopping £12.50 so that is why I haven't actually bought a pot myself as yet.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Does your skin feel washed up and abandoned?
Get it ship-shape with coconuts and lime"
"When you think of a sea spray on your face, you can imagine the cleaning salt, the coolness and the freshness. We have tried to capture this in Ocean Salt - but without leaving you feeling dried out and tight, like the sea is prone to doing."
WHAT DOES THIS DO THEN?
This is sold as a face scrub but in my opinion it can be used further on the body being always aware of the huge price tag it comes with.
This is like a combination of a tequila slammer and a brisk walk along a sea front with the wind blowing sea spray in your face.
I do find this had rather large chunks of salt in it and because of this I don't use it too often and also don't rub it hard of my face. In fact I crunched some of my salty bits with a pestle as I really did find them far too large, sharp and scrubby for my face.
The idea is that the sea salt scrubs away the dead skin, the lime and grapefruit both tighten the skin and lift it as well as being natural antiseptics. The vodka is included partly for the aroma and partly as an additional cleanser.
After the cleansing the skin needs to fed a bit with ingredients to help soften and moisturise it and this is where the avocado butter, extra virgin coconut oil, lanolin, seaweed absolute and violet leaf absolute all come in to do their work. The violet also adds to the smell with a sweeter addition.
As I have already said I found the sea salt bits a little large and sharp so I crushed mine a little. I wet my face then took a little pinch of the scrub and sort of smoothed it onto my face. Immediately I can feel the lime and grapefruit tingling on my skin. I left mine for a few minutes and enjoyed the wonderful aroma of tequila slammer or vodka lime which is really strong. I confess I did stick my tongue out and lick my lips just to see what it tasted like and it was very reminiscent of a cocktail; a combination between a tequila slammer and a margarita and quite tasty!!
After a few minutes with it on my face, a little like a face mask I guess, I GENTLY massage my face. I certainly do not scrub in any way and if I come across any big sharp bits of salt I flick them off as I don't want to scratch my face. It is not an attractive look to have scratches and red welts across your face so i do try to avoid this.
After I have massaged the mix on my face I carefully rinse this off. Be very careful NOT to get any in your eyes as it stings like mad. I tend to run tepid water over my face with my eyes closed and help the scrub off with my face cloth or my hands as there is less likelihood of it getting in my eyes that way.
Once it is rinsed off I then splash a bit of cold water on my face to close the pres then spray a spritz of a toner on my face (eyes closed again). After that I moisturise and makeup as usual.
After I have finished my face feels very freshly washed and refreshed. It is very like the feeling you get having walked along a sea front on a cold windy day then you come inside to the warm. I felt refreshed and alive and my skin was brighter and enlivened too. It also didn't have that horrible tight feeling that you get sometimes after washing your face with soap. It felt soft, smooth and young and it was only when I looked in the mirror I saw that the lines and wrinkles were still there despite what my face felt like.
This is not a scrub i would use more than once a week but it usually has a pretty long use by date on it. You could also keep it in the fridge and that would make it feel very cooling when you put it on and might make it keep longer too.
ARE THERE ANY NASTY INGREDIENTS?
Surely not, this is Lush who claim to use only natural ingredients and 'safe ' synthetics isn't it?
Sadly I notice that this does have both methyparaben and propylparaben in it. These are preservatives and anti fungal agents which are sometimes found naturally on fruits and considered safe in the concentrations used in cosmetics but those with eczema or other skin conditions should be careful as they can cause irritation. They have also been linked to breast cancer but as yet this is not fully conclusive.
Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, is a mild and biodegradable surfactant made from fatty acids from coconut oil and has been passed a safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review.
Triethanolamine is an emulsifier which means it stops the ingredients separating. However this can be very harmful to both your lungs and your eyes.
"The Cosmetic Review board states that it is safe to use as long as the exposure is very short as in a product that gets washed off. "
I loved the effect this had on my face and the smell was positively intoxicating. I do think it is expensive though and I still wish Lush would make more of an effort to find safe ingredients that are not questionably safe to people or the environment.
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This stuff smells (and looks) lovely. It smells really uplifting and zingy. It smells quite citrusy and fresh, like freshly made lemonade, yum! It also looks nice. It's white and blue in colour. The blue is swirled around the pot. It looks a little like the sea with it's different shades. Very nice. The scrub contains sea salt which is a great healer. I use this when i'm suffering from an outbreak of spots as it helps my skin to heal. It's great at exfoliating your skin and revealing a brighter you. It's also easy to use and long lasting as you only need to use it once or twice a week.
The pieces of salt in the scrub are quite large. They can sometimes fall down the plughole before you've even had a chance to wash with them. Also, the salt can sometimes scratch your face. I often look like i've had a fight with a cat after using this!
A nice smelling facial scrub that's natural, paraben free and cruelty free. It does the job to rid your skin of dead cells but it does have it's bad points too, as I have stated above. Would I recommend it? I wouldn't say no but I won't be buying this too often...
If you love the smell of the ocean when you are on holiday then this is exactly what this will remind you of with a slightly stronger smell. Ocean salt lush facial scrub is made with lime, coconut grapefruit and sea salt with extracts of vodka, this scrub is to improve your complexion and if I'm honest i do love this little pot, it makes you feel as if you have cleaned your face deep down with the help of the sea salt, although i do not recommend taking it the shower with you as it can make the scrub go a bit funny. What i also love is the fact that the use by date is about a year which means it is great for money if you are not going to use it a lot which i personally would not do as the salt can feel harsh on your skin, hope this helps.
Lush Ocean Salt is a cleanser/exfoliating scrub. It's classed as a facial scrub but to be honest I see no reason why not to use it else where on my body as it does such a good job at exfoliating, in fact I personally think this could be a little harsh for alot of people and can't imagine alot of people would want to use it on there face - it does a great job at exfoliating my upper arms, my legs and even my neck, so if you read this review and don't like the sound of it remember it is not strictly a facial scrub. I paid £12.50 for a 250 gram pot which is much more then I would usually pay for a face scrub but I am a big fan of Lush and know first hand how good there products are so this is another Lush product I will be buying myself as a treat once in a while. There is also a smaller, 120 gram pot which is £6.75 so this is a better option for anyone who is unsure of whether they will like it/want to test if it's suitable for them.
The face scrub comes in the usual black Lush pot which is a sturdy plastic and is recycable. It has the product name and a brief description on both the lid and the front of the tub in white writing, along with the Lush logo. The ingredients is included on the lid which like all Lush products is 100% natural. On the back of the tub is a sticker with a picture of the Employee who made your tub of face scrub along with the date it was made and the use by date. The use by date on mine is one year from the date it was made. On the front of the tub it reads 'We take the lime and the coconut and grapefruit and sea salt and mix them up together in our stimulating, fruity, vodka based face scrub for a complexion that glows.' It sounds like a margarita (but with vodka instead of tequila).This attracted me to it because it is quite different to the other Lush smells and flavours - i'm not aware of many alchohol type products in the Lush range, most are fruity or chocolatey. This obviously is still quite fruity though due to containing fresh lime, fresh grapefruit, coconut butter etc.
Once the product is open it looks like a creamy, gooey white mixture with an aqua blue layer of salt crystals on the surface. It looked quite hard at first, which is why I mixed the two together to make it more creamy. It did require quite a good mix until it was merged together. I used a spoon to mix mine which I washed thoroughly afterwards. Once the mixture was merged together it was a pale milky turquois/blue colour. It does not look as grainy in texture once it's been mixed in the pot but once you get a bit out of the pot and onto your hand you realise just how big the salt crystals are. Most are quite fine, but the bigger ones can actually be quite painful and scratch the skin.
Smell wise, it's lovely. It smells very strong (on the verge of been overpowering). It reminds me a bit of shaving cream mixed with lime and other exotic citrussy smelling fruit and like I said before smells like margaritas. I found it smelt too strong to immedietly apply to my face, I allowed myself to get used to the smell before I used it. I would prefer it to smell much more milder - it would be much more enjoyable to use! I would say the smell is unisex, however the fruity scent is quite apparent and isn't excactly a manly fruity smell, more an ovelly sweet fruit smell, so this may put alot of men of.
The application is simple. I applied mine when I was in the bath for minimal mess (I was unsure at first if the grains of salt would full off or not). Before application I made sure my face was clean of any makeup and I wiped it with a flannel soaked in warm water to open my pores so that the product could be absorbed easily. I then scooped out a generous (but not TOO generous!) amount of the gooey mixture and applied it onto my face evenly. I made sure that I didn't apply too much as at £12 a pop I want the tub to last as long as possible, however saying that, a little does go a long way so you do get your moneys worth and seeing as the use by date is not until another year on mine I think i'll get atleast a dozen uses out of it, likely more.
It did feel very rough despite how gentle I was, and the larger particles of salt felt quite scratchy and unplesant, this made my skin sting quite along and tingle however I think this is what it's supposed to do so I carried on. Once I had applied a thin layer I felt a sort of 'cooling' feel on my face. I left it on for a couple of minutes to allow it to sink in. Most of the salt did dissolve but the bigger bits I had to wash off (some did fall off though). I did get a bit on my lips, and out of habit I licked them. Big mistake! It tastes vile, so i'd advise strongly against tasting it despite how good it smells!
It washed off extremely easily and once off it left my face feeling soft, smooth and refreshed, my face was red for around 10 minutes after I used it but it wasn't itchy or painful. I did feel like my face felt a little dried out for around 20 minutes or so after washing it off - this definetly is not a moisturising scrub which you will of probably already of guessed but I thought I would clarify this and due to this I do not personally use mine more than 2 times a week to avoid it drying my skin out, however I do apply a small amount to spots whenever I have one and I find it does a really good job in drying them up quickly. The overall result of this scrub was good. It left my skin free of dead skin cells and also cleared up a few blackheads on my nose after around 2 uses. I felt my face looked much more 'fresh' and radiant and it felt noticeably smoother.
I wouldn't go as far as saying this is better than my other exfoliators - to be honest it is around the same strength and achieves the same look and feel but is more painful. Although it does scratch and burn a little though the overall effect is worth it and the smell makes it quite a fun product to use rather than the usual smelling exfoliators, plus it is 100% natural ingredients and unlike alot of other face scrubs none of the ingredients have been tested on animals. I like this but because of the large salt crystals been quite painful it is not one I would highly reccomend, especially if, like me, you have dry skin as that seems to make it hurt more. No it's not agony, but it's not great when you're trying to relax. For the smell though and the novelty type of feel the product has, as well as the great effect it has on my skin, i'll give it 3 out of 5 stars - the price, harshness and strong smell (although it is nice I admit, just too strong!) are all let downs.