“ Brand: Lush / Scrub / Type: Body Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I treated myself to some Lush goodies in December while I was in there shopping for Christmas presents and this little Sandy Santa bar really caught my eye, it looked so cute and festive that I couldn't resist.
Lush describe this bar as a body butter, but it is certainly more of a scrub rather than a body butter!
This item, being a festive one is not currently available from Lush, I am patiently waiting and hoping I can get my hands on another one (or 3!) next year when the season to be jolly rolls around again.
Whilst it was in stock it was available from Lush stores or their online shop (www.lush.co.uk) and it cost £4.50. I think this is a pretty fair price, it's not cheap but then I wouldn't go shopping in Lush if I wanted something cheap. It is a good quality product worth paying out for though.
There are still a few of these on Ebay at the moment if you really wanted to get hold of one. They can be found for around £4 on auction or there are buy it now versions for up to £17! (Knew I should have invested in more!)
With it's santa face shape (including hat) this product looks very Christmassey. The bar is mainly a creamy white colour and the hat part is a lovely vibrant red. I really like the look of this bar, as I said to begin with it is what attracted me to buying it.
Sadly, after a use or two this bar no longer looks so cute. The red starts to bleed out (so much so that my boyfriend actually asked me who had been bleeding in the bathroom!) and the features smooth into one another, but I guess that is to be expected!
It's a good idea to place Sandy Santa in a soap dish so that he doesn't make a mess when he starts to melt a little.
One of the reasons I adore Lush is because their product scents are...well...lush! Sandy Santa is no exception. He is made with shea butter, murumuru butter (not heard of this one before now!), coconut oils and butters and a brazillian orange fragrance. These combine together to create quite a summery, beachy smell, which is a little surprising for a yuletide product but still yummy!
This bar is packed with sugar and sand which are fantastic for a really good scrub. The sand again goes with the summery, beachy feel and is apparently why Lush chose to give Sandy Santa a brazillian orange scent.
I find this product very easy to use, just rub it over damp skin in the bath or shower, give yourself a good scrub over with the sugar and sand bits then rinse off.
I find this is a very efficient exfoliator and I prefer it to many other scrub products I have tried! It is also good at treating skin to a bit of moisture thanks to the butters and oils used in making this bar. It gets rid of dead skin cells, scrubs away dry skin and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.
I could detect the scent of this bar both on my skin and around the bathroom after use, but only faintly, though it did linger for quite some hours after.
Not only was this bar good for my skin, I found that it left very little mess in the bath after use which is a big plus, a quick rinse and by bath looked just as clean as it did before I got in!
I used my Sandy Santa bar from around mid December to early January, so I got a lot of use out of it which pleased me no end, though I was still a little sad when it had finally all been used up!
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good scrub product and I can't wait until Christmas time rolls around again so that I can treat myself to another one!
Sandy Santa is a Lush Christmas edition product which is both a body scrub and body butter. Santa is vegan friendly. Santa is packed full of moisturising butters and also a combination of sand and sugar to buff the skin.
The butter ingredients within this product include murumuru butter, shea butter and illipe butter. Additional ingredients include various oils such as coconut oil, Brazilian orange oil and sandalwood oil. A full ingredients list can be found on www.lush.co.uk - please consult this should you have any allergies.
~Price and Availability~
Sandy Santa is priced at £4.50 and can be purchased from www.lush.co.uk and instore.
Whilst visiting a Lush store to buy a few select Christmas products, I came across Sandy Santa. The lady in the store told me that he was a body butter with a small scrub on top and he is noted as being a body butter on the Lush website. I would say that Sandy Santa is more of a body scrub than body butter so this is something to keep in mind if you aren't overly keen on body scrubs.
Sandy Santa is quite big in size and weighty. He is solid and nicely moulded to resemble a Santa face with a red Santa hat - very cute and festive! When new, Santa looks and feels quite smooth on the surface but further touching reveals that he is quite gritty under the surface. Santa smells lovely but not festive as I would have expected from a Christmas product. He smells quite sweet and I can detect the orange oil which makes him smell more Summery than festive.
Sandy Santa is best used in the shower. As he is quite big at first, he is difficult to handle. With further use, he does start to shrink and become more manageable. I like using a body scrub up to three times a week in the shower as I have dry and often flaky skin which needs buffed to make it smooth. I initially used Santa's hat to scrub my skin and found that the red colouring transferred on to my skin and looked very bright! This part of Santa dissolved quickly. Santa's hat does feel extra scrubby but doesn't make my skin sore during or after use. It is best for use on small areas of dry skin such as elbows and knees.
The main part of Santa's face isn't quite as scrubby when ran over damp skin, it does feel tickly against my skin. I can feel fine grains of sand buffing away the dry layer sitting on top of my skin. Any residue rinses away with ease. I enjoy using this in the shower as the orange oil aroma is bright and uplifting. Whilst using Sandy Santa, I am aware of a moisturising action thanks to the oils and butters mixed through the sugar and sand. After drying off, my skin does feel smooth, soft and free from rough patches. A sweet, slightly fruity aroma lingers on my skin and my skin feels good and looks bright through the day. I haven't experience any irritation from using this product and I apply a layer of body butter in between uses. I wouldn't use this everyday.
One issue I have with Sandy Santa is storing him. The first time I used this body scrub, I left him sitting on the edge of the bath to dry off. I came back in a few hours later to discover a rather disturbing site - Santa had started to melt! There was a pool of red scrub clinging to the side of the bath and it was a nightmare to clean off. Sandy Santa has now been relegated to a soap holder on the windowsill in between uses.
Sandy Santa is a nice enough body scrub to use as he is full of ingredients that leave my skin looking and feeling good. He smells lovely too but is quite messy to store. My Santa has been well used and is dissolving quite neatly. I do notice that when the wet bits of Santa start to turn solid again, there can be some sharpness to Santa but he is easy to smooth over before using again in the shower. I do personally prefer a tub of body scrub but as a novelty, festive product, this is nice to use. It won't be around for much longer so buy whilst you can!
Thanks for reading :)
I love Lush's sugar scrubs, finding them more effective than pretty much any other scrub on the market. Their regular sugar scrub can be a bit too harsh, but each year they release a limited edition Christmas scrub, and I've always found these without fail to be fantastic.
This year, the scrub is called Sandy Santa. It is in the shape of a jolly Santa Claus face, coloured a very pale creamy brown with a little red hat. The scrub was inspired by a sand castle competition held on a Brazilian beach on New Year's Day in which participants made Santa sand sculptures. One of the Lush team was there and brought back lots of photographs which influenced the production of this scrub.
The scrub is suitable for vegans, and as the name suggests it is made mostly from sugar. I like sugar scrubs as I know that the sugar will dissolve when it goes down the plughole - as a child my parents banned me from using body scrubs in case the scrubby bits blocked the pipes, and I've never been entirely certain if their fears were founded or not! It contains orange, sandalwood and rosewood oil to create a fresh, fruity scent which will help wake you up in the middle of winter and inspire you with thoughts of summer - an extra incentive to use the scrub and prepare your body for the beach.
I find that you do have to be careful with scrubs like this. Don't get them wet or they will dissolve and become worthless. I've been keeping mine in a cleaned-out Body Shop body scrub tub, which is just the right size for it. I use the scrub in the shower, breaking off a little of the scrub at a time and rubbing it over my skin. I try to be gentle, and avoid sensitive areas, as the scrub can be a bit rough - I like this effect on my lower legs and elbows, however, as these areas really need some tough scrubbing!
I find the scrub to be incredibly effective, making an immediate and touchable difference to my skin. It is very soft and not dried out at all, in fact it feels slightly moisturised. I use this scrub once a week, with a more gentle scrub a couple of times a week. I would estimate this to last at least five uses, so long as you're careful with it.
The scrub was priced at £2.95 which is normal for this kind of product in Lush. I'm very happy I bought it and only sorry that Christmas is over and it will be harder to get hold of. If you would like to try this product, which comes with a full recommendation from me, it may be available from some Lush stores or the website, or else on eBay.