“ Brand: Lush / Bar / Type: Massage Bar „
I'd not tried a Lush massage bar before, tending to stick more to the soaps and bath bombs so I decided it was about time I treated myself to something new and I gave this Soft Coeur bar a go. I chose this particular bar over other massage bars as I really liked the smell of it and found the heart shape that it comes in quite cute.
Available only from Lush stores, but if you don't have one near you you can find them online (www.lush.co.uk).
This massage bar will set you back £4.75 for a 30g bar. I think this is a little pricey, although the bar does last a reasonable amount of time which means that the overall value isn't too bad.
This massage bar is quite small (it's only 30g and most of Lush's other massage bars are around 50g) but looks nice due to it's heart shape. It is a creamy colour with brown chocolate looking pieces scattered through it.
Lush say that this bar is made with cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil and that it is "fragranced with our yummy, toffee smelling Honey I Washed the Kids perfume. With a cheeky soft centre made of honey and cocoa powder". I can certainly smell the coco and shea butter in this and I find these smells quite pleasant.
You can use this massage bar either to give your partner a lovely massage or you can massage it into your own skin for a nice skin softening treat.
The solid bar starts to melt at body temperature and so it will melt into your skin as you rub it over your body, or alternatively (and this seems to be the best way to help it last longer) let a little of it melt onto your hands and then rub it over your skin.
The massage bar glides beautifully over the skin, at least it does until you hit the chocolately brown bits, these can be a bit sticky and messy and they require some careful massaging in to prevent them from making a mess on your skin.
You need to be quite careful not to get any of this massage bar on your clothes as it may stain, I would give it a little while to sink into the skin properly before getting dressed after using or alternatively use at night time and stay in bed!
This left my skin feeling really soft and smooth for hours after use. It also left my skin smelling great. I found I got the best and longest lasting results with this if I used it after a bath or shower.
I kept my massage bar stored away in the waxed paper bag that it left the shop in, but if you like you can keep it in a Lush massage bar tin which will set you back £2.95. I would recommend that this massage bar is stored carefully so that it does not rub onto anything else as it may leave marks or stains. It's quite important to keep it somewhere cool too so that it does not begin to melt.
I like this massage bar and I would recommend it, but I would buy this as an occasional treat rather than purchase it often. I'm now looking forward to trying some other massage bars.
Nothing beats a good massage and with the massage bars by lush you will be in the hands of the professionals, even if your masseuse is no pro. A few weeks back I had a spate of bad back and neck ache and thought that a nice massage would do the trick. Rather than plumping for an expensive professional one I thought buying a massage bar and talking the other half into it would be best.
After braving the smell of lush and looking at their different bars I was drawn to the divine Soft Coeur. It has a really nice shape to it, a lovely heart which fits nicely in the hand. It smells sweet yet not too sickly, with hints of cocoa butter and almond, and a slight chocolatey hint. As I said the bar fits nicely in the hand and is easy to use, it melts nicely with your body heat without getting too soft and crumbling. The best thing to do it to rub it all over your back which leaves a trace of the product all over. Then with hands massage deeply into your tissue. (well realistically get someone else to do it, it is far more effective!). WHilst the bar leaves a trace on your skin it sinks in nicely and doesn't linger. Using something like this really does make a massage more effective.
This bar cost £4.75 for a 30g bar, so far I have had 3 massages and there is still plenty left. It is available from Lush Stores and their website. It's great if you want the benefit of a massage without lots of chemicals or nasty things. Lush Products aren't tested on animals and they use ingredients found in nature which is a great plus for me.
One of the reasons I fell in love with Lush is not only for the fact they use mostly natural ingredients, but also because they manage to come up with such cool and quirky, innovative ideas to make each product different from the rest. This Soft Coer massage bar is certainly no exception. I came across this while Christmas shopping for my boyfriend (although of course being in Lush, I couldn't help but pick up a few treats for myself!). I wasn't sure what Lush product I wanted to get him so I spent some time wandering around the shop, smelling the different scents, before deciding on one of the massage bars. After smelling each one, and remembering how he'd recently commented that he liked the smell of my cocoa butter moisturisers, I popped one of the Soft Coer bars into the basket.
The Soft Coer massager comes in a white and brown heart shaped bar, that fits easily into the palm of your hand. Each heart costs 4.57. This might seem a little pricey for something so small, but it is a shop full of treats after all. The bar has a scent of vanilla and cocoa butter/chocolate, with a hint of honey. Definitely a sweet smelling massage bar for chocolate lovers! The description for the product directs for you to massage the bar over the skin where needed. It claims that the product starts to melt like chocolate, at skin temperature. It also leaves you with the instruction that licking is optional...
On first use, the bar was definitely easy to massage the skin with. It began to melt almost instantly as my boyfriend moved it around my back. After the bar starts to melt, it leaves a sort of massaging oil behind. Because of this you have to be careful not to use too much of the bar, otherwise you'll have a lot of massaging to do! The oil was then easily massaged into my skin, without leaving any sticky or horrible feeling behind. Just soft, sweet smelling, and well massaged skin. It was a very nice product to use on each other, to help one another relax and the smell was good enough to eat. Speaking of which, we did give the whole licking thing a try, but it didn't really taste of anything.
Despite this, I thought it a product is definitely buy again when this one runs out. It says to melt the whole thing, but you really dont need that much. One bar could easily do several massages at least. Anyway, my boyfriend used this to massage my back a couple of hours before we went to bed, and it left my skin smelling divine. I honestly wasn't expecting the scent to last that long, but I could still smell it around noon the next day, before I had a shower. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the smell was still subtly noticeable hours after it had been applied.
I've since been browsing on the lush website when I began reading through a few reviews for the Soft Coer bar. In a couple of the reviews it mentioned how the brown bits inside the bar, is actually edible chocolate! So, licking really is optional! Now I know this, I'd definitely give it a 5* rating. I'm not sure how the chocolate tastes, but hopefully it'll be be as good as the rest of the bar smells.
Lush is a store that makes handmade beauty products which contain natural ingredients. When walking around a Lush store, it's hard to know where to start with all the beautiful patterns and colours. They pride themselves on never testing their products on animals and their packaging is always recyclable or reusable. Their creations smell good enough to eat, and that is something you literally can do with this one!
The Soft Coeur is one of Lush's very popular Massage Bar collection. The Massage Bars give you a more interesting and fun way to hydrate your skin instead of using creams and lotions. They double up as both a massage oil and a gorgeous moisturiser for your skin.
The fun begins as soon as you take the Massage Bar into your hand. The product is designed to start melting as soon as it reached body temperature. As the bar touches the skin, it begins to melt and leaves a layer of oil in its trail. Once the oil has been absorbed, your skin will feel as smooth as silk. This whole process is a whole lot more fun and convenient that trying to moisturise with a liquid oil.
The Soft Coeur is one of the most deliciously scented products that Lush has ever created. It is honey scented with real pieces of chocolate and honey swirled into the middle. This Massage Bar is creamy in colour and heart shaped, with bits of chocolate brown in the middle and some of it comes to the surface so you can see splashes of it on the outside. It is advertised as being for couples because the ingredients are natural and organic, making this an edible moisturiser. According to Lush, this one is as good for your relationship as it is for your skin.
How does it work?
This secret ingredient in the Massage Bars is Cocoa Butter, which is a substance that has been used for centuries because of its moisturising qualities. The butter is commonly found in Body Butters. It is the Cocoa Butter which begins to melt when it reaches body temperature and allows this product to transform into an oil.
Also included is Fair Trade Shea Butter. This performs a similar job to the Cocoa Butter. It has excellent moisturising properties which hydrate even the driest of skins, leaving your skin feeling softer and better conditioned. It performs a similar role to Cocoa Butter and is a great moisturiser. The Shea Butter promotes the development of new cells and increases your blood circulation, keeping your skin looking young. It contains Vitamins A and E and the butter is readily absorbed by the skin.
The Massage Bar contains Honey which is the substance that gives Soft Coeur its delicious fragrance. Honey is an antioxidant and which helps to protect the skin from being damaged by external factors such as harsh weathers and pollutions. Honey encourages the skin to rejuvenate itself making it appear radiant and it also nourishes dry skins leaving it soft and supple. It is packed full of vitamins and nutrients and nourishes the skin, while also having an anti aging effect.
Soft Coeur is packed full of Cocoa powder which believe it or not protects the skin from free radicals which causes damage to the skin. It helps cells to repair themselves and prevents any further damage from being caused. The powder helps to improve the circulation of blood giving it a more radiant appearance. It is packed full of nutrients and also smells scrumptious.
Swirled into the mixture is Almond Oil. This oil nourishes the skin to improve its appearance and to give it a healthy glow. It offers an incredibly deep moisturisation and soothes dry skins leaving it softer and smoother. Also included is Bergamot oil which has stimulating properties and the citrus aroma leaves you feeling energised and refreshed. The oil is often used during massages because it encourages muscles to relax and the aroma helps to relieve stress.
How do you use it?
This product is best used on clean, dry skin. You hold the Soft Coeur in your hands for a minute or two until it begins to melt. You then smooth the product across your body until a layer of oil has covered your skin. Massage the oil into the skin using a circular motion until all of the oil has been absorbed.
As this product is heavily oil based, before getting dressed or going near anything made out of fabric, ensure that the oils have been absorbed by your skin completely because it will stain whatever it comes into contact with. Also because this product melts at body temperature, be sure not to leave your Massage Bar anywhere near any sources of heat. Store it somewhere cool and dark such as a cupboard or even the fridge if there's room. Lush sells little tins which they can be stored in and they cost around £5.
Soft Coeur is one of the smallest and most expensive Massage Bars but also one of the most deliciously scented ones. The aroma lingers on your skin after use and it is sweetly scented. This one costs around £4 for 30 grams of the product. It is available from your local Lush store and it can also be bought online.
As well as being one of the most expensive, it is also one of the messiest to use. The chocolate doesn't really sink into the skin and leaves brown marks on your body. If you don't have a willing partner to lick this off your skin as it was intended, then you can cut out the centre, although this is quite wasteful considering the price. It is made out of completely natural ingredients so it is perfectly safe to eat.
This Massage Bar leaves a healthy sheen on your skin and it will be silky smooth to touch. This bar smells incredible, but it is messy and by the time you've got the hang of using it, it will be all gone because it is only the size of your palm to begin with. That said, it is an incredibly fun way to moisturise your skin but I would say that this particular bar is better suited for special occasions or a treat rather than to replace your normal moisturiser.
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Honey, Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao), Perfume, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate
Having tried a few of Lush's massage bars, I decided I wanted to try some more! The Soft Coeur massage bar appealed to me because it smelled so delicious.
Lush say: The honey toffee bar with a soft core. The Soft Coeur was designed for a romantic tryst. It got its name from its chocolate and honey soft centre, which you can melt and smooth all over your lover's body to make him or her extra tasty. Helen wanted to call it Soft Centre, then it morphed into Soft Core before metamorphosing into Soft Coeur. It's made with honey and suitable for honeymoons. It's as good for your skin as it is for your relationship.
Well, I don't have a significant other but who cares, all the more for me! The Soft Coeur massage bar is heart-shaped, creamy white in colour and will fit into a massage bar tin, because although it's not the right shape, it's smaller than some of the others. It smells delicious, of chocolate and honey mixed together. The scent is sweet, but not cloying like Mange Too. I found that the bar melted easily, although that could be because my room is really warm now it's summer - even when it is raining outside!
I rubbed the oils onto my skin after an evening bath, and the scent lasted until the following morning - it was delicious. My skin felt incredibly soft and moisturised, and seemed in great condition. This massage bar is definitely a luxurious one - apply it in the evening for an intensive moisturising experience, not as a moisturiser in the morning as you'll just get it all over your clothes!
The one possibly negative point is the brown centre, the 'soft core' of the name. If you try to rub it on, it turns your skin all brown. However, I tasted it and it tasted completely like chocolate! So maybe that's what you're supposed to do!
This is possibly my favourite massage bar yet; I certainly like it more than Mange Too which I found rather sickly. I'd certainly consider buying it again. It's a really good intensive, luxurious moisturiser and smells delicious to boot.
Soft Coeur costs £4.10 for a 30g bar, and, I've found, lasts around five uses so it's decent value for money.
I'd never tried a Lush massage bar, and I fancied something new whilst I was in the shop so checked them out. Lush do a smallish range of different massage bars, from sparkly to medicinal-smelling, but when it comes to Lush I generally prefer the soft scents so Soft Coeur appealed to me.
One of the smaller massage bars, it's priced about the same at £4, so initially I was unimpressed by the small, heart-shaped bar thinking it would be along the same lines as a bubble bar and not last very long. However, this fear proved to be unfounded as after using it once to soften my skin I can see it will last for ages.
The bar is creamy in colour other than the top centre, which is a dark brown. Smelling it, I could smell chocolate and honey, and indeed the middle bit does seem to be cocoa powder, which explains the slightly off-chocolate smell. I imagine that once I get to the middle properly that it will be quite melty and possibly annoying.
To use, just rub between your hands to warm and soften a bit, then rub or massage in. I was worried that it would be far too oily and messy, but in fact I found it quite difficult to soften properly, which meant that most of it ended up on my hands rather than my legs. I'm not sure if it's meant to be like that, but the soft chocolatey smell was still good, and after a while it did get easier to use.
It was also an advantage because I imagined it would be all greasy, oily and difficult to store, but in fact I could just pop it back into its paper bag after use. My skin felt nice, but not as moisturised as I'd expect from cocoa butter and shea butter. I think this bar will last me months and months because I can't see myself using it that often. It was a nice treat and an experiment with a different Lush range, but although pleasant it wasn't really that effective on my skin.
The ingredients are as follows: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Honey, Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao), Perfume, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate.
I've included the list because I've been doing a bit of researching into products lately and developing awareness of natural ingredients. One thing that annoys me about Lush is that they use a lot of parabens and Sodium Laureth Sulphate in their products despite giving the impression that they use only natural, 'good for you' ingredients. What's the point of being animal-friendly and environmentally-friendly if you aren't being people-friendly? Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and SLS to a range of fairly severe skin complaints and hair loss (Wikipedia it). As this massage bar doesn't need preservatives or incorporate bubbles then it's actually a good choice and does contain a lot of natural ingredients which won't harm you. If you're looking at others in this range, then the bars with glitter in do contain small amounts of phthalates, which again have been linked to all kinds of problems from foetal development issues to cancer.
Overall, this massage bar gets a star knocked off for not having the overall 'wow' factor, but has a lovely smell, shape, decent ingredients, and is reasonably priced for a Lush product.
I've been a fan of Lush products for some time but always tended to stick to the same sorts of products - normally soaps and shower stuff.
I've read reviews about nearlly all their products and the Lush Times (their catalogue of products for those not in the know) and my wishlist of products to try are pretty much one and the same.
Soft Coeur has always been a product I'd like to try but given that it would be 100% indulgence (well, I NEED the bath stuff because I need to keep clean...), I've never succumbed to temptation.
However, when purchasing one as a gift for a girlfriend, I discovered that buying two massage bars would get me a free tin. And so it was, that with little hesitation, I added another heart-shaped delight into the basket. (In case you're wondering, the small amount of hesitation was just me umming and aahing over which massage bar to try).
So, as we've established, Soft Coeur is a massage bar, designed to be used by yourself or on someone of your (and their) choosing. Lush currently offer a good range of massage bars in various shapes and sizes to cater for all sorts of tastes and requirements. I think it would be fair to say that Soft Coeur is primarily aimed at couples, although this needn't be the case.
== THE SENSORY TEST ==
APPEARANCE - At a mere 30g, this is one of the smallest massage bars available. It's heart-shaped, and creamy in colour, with several brown patches of something that looks suspiciously like chocolate. Aesthetically pleasing though it is, it doesn't look especially appetising, so fear not.Of course, the real beauty of any Lush product lies within, no matter how amazing it might or might not look, it's all about what's in it. Soft Coeur doesn't disappoint. Cocoa butter and shea butter are two of its main ingredients and give it its moisturising qualities. Other ingredients of interest include honey and....cocoa powder! I still wouldn't recommend eating it though...
SMELL - So it looks good, but does it smell good? Well, I personally think that this is one of the stronger smelling massage bars. It has a very sweet smell, although I don't find it to be overly sickly. There's some pretty intense smells going on there - the cocoa powder and there's some toffee too, with the honey and almond oil makes for a pretty heavy smell. You'll be relieved to hear that the wild orange oil and bergamot oil help add a lightness to the smell and make it deeper and more interesting.
For those familiar with other Lush products, I have it on good authority that Soft Coeur's scent is based on that of the popular soap Honey I Washed The Kids.
The great thing about this massage bar is that the smell is apparent straightaway. If you pick this up in the shop and have a whiff, you'll know immediately if this is one for you or not. I've not yet purchased any of the other bars, but found with some of the ones that I was interested in purchasing that the smell wasn't apparent at all. It may well be that the smell develops as you use the product, or it may be that the product just has a more subtle scent, I don't know. But what I do know is that with Soft Coeur, what you smell is what you get.
TOUCH - This bar couldn't be simpler to use - you just rub it between the palms of your hands and you'll feel it building up - then away you go. It is fairly greasy, but not as greasy as other massage oils I've used. You can be as sparing or unsparing as you like, and there's much less faffing around involved than with a bottle of massage oil. You could even rub the bar directly on the skin, although I don't feel that there is any real benefit in doing so with this particular bar. The surface of Soft Coeur isn't textured in any way and so won't offer any kind of different sensation to the massage.
I find it's a good size and ergonomically fits well into my hand, with the heart shape allowing me to grip well - although it obviously becomes slippier as you go.
SOUND - Of the five senses, it's fair to say that Soft Coeur appeals least to the ears. The bar itself makes no noise to speak of, but the noise of appreciation from anyone who has this bar used on them speaks for itself.
TASTE - Yes, another odd one to include since I already alluded to the fact that this massage bar shouldn't be eaten. We're all wise to the ways of the world and we all know that massages aren't always about relieving those aches and pains and the stresses and strains of a long day. Sadly, this bar isn't as edible as its ingredients might have us believe, but it certainly doesn't have an unpleasant taste to it, so you shouldn't worry about having this on your hands and putting your hands to your mouth, for example...
For the kinkier among you, Lush DO offer a 100% edible massage bar, called Mange Too.
== RESULTS ==
Although primarily a massage bar, and one aimed at couples at that, it does make for a good body oil/moisturiser, although you have to be particularly sparing to allow it to soak into your skin.
In either case, the results are pleasing - I don't tend to use this specifically as a moisturiser, mostly because I already have one I'd happy with, but also because if you use too much this has a tendancy to be a bit greasy and takes a long time to absorb into the skin. I tend to use it as a moisturiser after a nice long bath as a bit of a treat, but tend to stick to using it as a massage bar.
I find it really easy to use, it glides onto the skin well and leaves the skin feeling soft and conditioned. It is greasy, but then most massage oils are, and I find this to be less so. Its scent fills the air while you are using this and I find this really pleasant. It does linger on the skin, but not for too long, and if you were to use this at night, the smell would have gone by morning...although if it did remain it would be easily lost by showering.I also find that a little goes a long way, and my bar has lasted me several months, with plenty still left. I can't find any indication on shelf life regarding this massage bar, but provided you keep it in a cool place, it should last well.
== THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ==
* All of Lush's products are suitable for vegetarians. Soft Coeur is sadly not suitable for vegans.
* Lush do NOT test their products on animals, and they only buy ingredients from suppliers who do NOT test their products on animals.
* Lush also tries to do away with unnecessary packaging - hence when you purchase Soft Coeur - you simply pop it into a little yellow bag and it'll be labelled at the till when you pay for it so you don't forget what's what.
== ISSUES ==
However, this means you may well need to find somewhere to store this massage bar in the long term. I found that after the first usage, it was a bit too greasy to be kept in the bag, so the tin I bought was extremely useful. Annoyingly, the tin isn't big enough for all of the massage bars, so of them are awkward shapes and some are just plain too big. I actually have two Soft Coeur bars (was bought the second one as a gift by my sister who 'thought it was a soap!') and with a bit of force, managed to get them both into the one tin. Whatever you decide in terms of storage, be sure to have somewhere you can put this down close at hand when using the bar - I wouldn't want to place this directly onto my bed sheets for fear of it staining. Of course, were it to stain, it would wash out without any problem, but it's obviously better to avoid in the first place. I've read that the chocolate centre can be particularly messy, but as I haven't got to it yet, I can't comment on this personally. I'm not worried about it though - I tend to have a towel to hand to wipe my hands on and as long as you rub the product properly into the skin, there shouldn't be any problem.
== PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ==
As you can imagine, this product is only available from Lush stores on the Lush website. You may be able to pick it up on eBay also.
It costs £4.10 according to the Lush website, although I'm convinced that I paid slightly less than that when I bought mine instore. As I said before, to me, this seemed like pure indulgence and it is a lot to spend on something so small, but it does last such a long time and the results are very pleasing. Now that I know that it can also be used as a moisturiser, I feel slightly less guilty about buying it.
== RECOMMENDATION ==
I would definitely recommend this massage bar to anyone considering buying it - the scent is a pretty strong one and won't perhaps be to everyone's tastes, but it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and is the perfect excuse for a lovely chocolate-scented massage!
I think it would appeal to males and females alike as a massage bar, with the cocoa butter and shea butter making it particularly appealing to females looking for extra smooth pins in the summer. It lasts well providing it is stored well, making it much better value for money than it seems to begin with.
I'll deduct one star for the storage issue, although Lush definitely have to be applauded for their lack of packaging.
For my birthday a couple of years ago I was lucky enough to receive a lush goodie bag. In that goodie bag was the lush soft coeur massage bar. It has a lovely scent of vanilla with subtle hints of coco. It is not overpowering in the slightest and smells delicious. To use the massage bar you are meant to rub between your hands to warm it up to body temperature. This is because at body temperature is softens and is therefore easier to apply. You can use it on yourself after a bath so you are smelling lush for the day, or you can use it as an actual massage bar. The one problem I have with this product is it break up a bit and the little chocolate pieces inside do not go onto the skin well. I am beginning to think the chocolate pieces inside are actually chocolate, as although they smell lovely when put on the skin they smudge in a brown colour. Other than this the massage bar is a treat to use and although it can leave a bit of staining it is very relaxing and therapeutic. Another small downside is it leaves your skin slightly greasy but if you dab it with a towel it will begin to feel soft. This bar is great to use before a night out as its scent will last longer than you do!
This is the item from Lush I most want to eat.
They all look good and smell good and contain natural ingredients.
But,this is the one that looks the most edible!
Soft Coeur looks like a large,white, heart shaped chocolate,with a milk chocolate centre.
It smells like Honey I Washed The Kids soap (as mentioned before,one of Lush' best sellers.)
To use,you simply rub between your hands and apply - or apply directly to the skin.
At first,I thought there was something wrong with my bar as it wasn't melting. However,I soon realised I just have very cold hands! So,blast it with a hairdryer for a second and it will start to melt it's beautiful butters all over your hands.
As you rub it in it feels luxurious and the scent rises to meet your nose. If you're lucky,a bit of the chocolate centre will bleed out into the oils to be rubbed in as well.
It looks messy,at first,if the chocolate has came out as well,but if you rub it in properly (all the more fun!) it won't leave a mark.
It's a scent that boys will love as well as girls,and I've never used it and not had a compliment on how I smell,so it's doing it's job on that front.
It leaves your skin lovely and soft and before it settles into your skin,with a nice sheen.
I have actually debated with myself wether or not to try biting into this,but havn't tried it to date - probably for the best!
I love Lush, I love talking about them, sharing friends' goodies and could easily spend hours in their store...I've defiantly caught the Lush Bug which is almost as contagious as Swine Flu (maybe not life threatening but certainly dangerous for your bank balance). After loosing my Lush virginity, for months everything I bought from their addictive store I believed to be the best thing since hair straightners and for over a year now I have been gradually working my way through everything they ever dreamt up. My opinion on Lush products has recently become more balanced and I now realise that some of their products don't live up to the hype but when Lush gets a product perfect nothing compares to it! And their greatest invention has to be their massage bars, which I now can't live without.
The Soft Coeur massage bar is by far the most romantic in the range, shaped into a small cream heart with a visible sweet chocolate coloured gooey centre. This massage bar is also referred to as Honeymooners, due the presence of honey and because of its romantic aroma. Its smell is utterly divine; a soft sweet mix of honey, chocolate and vanilla. The scent is very similar to the Honey I washed the kids soap but with vanilla undertones. A totally heavenly scent, very soft, young, feminine and full of sex appeal and once applied to the skin the scent is surprisingly long lasting and can easily work as a perfume too.
It has a luxurious list of ingredients that include Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Almond Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Cocoa Powder, Bergamot Oil and Honey. These ingredients really result in a luxurious treatment for the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth but they also have a wonderful relaxing effect on the mind. For example, the bergamot oil helps to sweetly scent the product but is also known for its natural relaxing qualities and is often used in the treatment of mild depression, anxiety and SAD disorder. And honey has been used by powerful sexy women for 1000s of years; Cleopatra famously bathed in honey and asses' milk and du Barry, an infamous mistress of Louis XV of France, used honey as a face mask whilst Poppea, the second wife of Nero, used a mixture of milk and honey to perfect her complexion.
The massage bars are Lush's sensual answer to massage oils and they recommend snapping some of the bar off and melting it in your hands and slowly rubbing it all over your partner for luxurious rub. Whilst they are certainly great for a massage I use mine more often as a moisturiser and skin conditioner and rub into the skin myself after a bath or shower, so don't be put of buying this if you don't have someone willing to pamper you with a massage. I also quickly rub a bit over my neck before a date or sexy night in, as my partner finds the scent utterly irresistible.
This is Lush's smallest massage bar and this is reflected in the price, £3.96, making it one of their cheapest (the average price is about £5). However, due to its small size it doesn't last as long as the others. The Soft Coeur massage bar is also the trickiest to use as the soft gooey chocolate centre disintegrates very quickly and after the first few uses crumbles, leaving lumps on the skin and floor. As a result if you are using it for a massage I would recommend putting a towel under you to protect the sheets. The chocolate centre also leaves brown marks on the skin, but these brush off after the skin absorbs the oil so don't worry too much. Despite these problems I will still continue to buy it due to the heavenly scent which is perfect for special occasions.
The massage bar, like the rest in the range, absorbs very slowly into the skin, so if you need to get dressed quickly after your shower, then I probably would not recommend using this. I love nothing more than to rub this all over and put my fluffy dressing gown and relax on the sofa and let it slowly absorb - my dressing gown now smells of Lush! As it absorbs many have complained that the skin feels 'greasy' for ages but once absorbed the skin feels so fresh, young and very, very soft. I personally feel it is far more nourishing to the skin than their traditional moisturisers, but not as quick to apply.
I was very tempted to give this product the full five stars but I've had to knock one off, because whilst its scent is pure romantic heaven the difficulties in applying mean that it is not as good as their Heavani massage bar (£4.95), which also has a sweet romantic scent but doesn't leave any brown marks or crumble as quickly.
Soft Coeur if one of my absolute favourite massage bars.
Lush massage bars are designed in such a way that they bring to mind luxury chocolates. In the stores each bar is stacked in little round towers which resemble the way chocolates are stacked in expensive sweet shops. Add to this the fact that each massage bar is mostly cocoa butter and you get the full effect. These are like posh chocolates for your body, without the calories.
This particular massage bar contains cocoa butter - which melts at body temperature, is an excellent moisturiser and smells heavenly; shea butter - another excellent moisturiser; honey - moisturising, sweet smelling and great for your skin; cocoa powder - for the soft, chocolate and honey core; almond oil, sweet orange oil and bergamot oil - for their sweet fragrances and awakening qualities.
.....How to use....
People are usually a little nervous about Lush's policy of solid products where possible. However, using solid products cuts down on packaging waste and, let's face it, how luxurious is it to massage using cocoa butter!
Take the small heart shaped bar and rub it between your palms, melting the cocoa butter. If you are massaging someone else it usually works to sit the little bar just at the small of their back as you massage. Otherwise, place it to the side.
It may take a few tries to get as much product as you want onto the person's back, however, use as much as you can because it smells delicious and if you happen to kiss them as you are massaging, it tastes pretty good too (although I wouldn't recommend taking a nibble).
Massage away as normal, one bar should do several massages, so make sure you get one in return. Nothing can beat a massage from your favourite person, using Soft Coeur.
If there is no one available to massage you, you can use it yourself. It is an excellent skin moisturiser. Use one in the shower - the hot water will make it melt easily onto the skin - rinse it off and pat dry. You will be covered in smooth, sweet smelling moisturisation all day.
You can also use it as a massage for yourself and is great on the upper arms or any dry areas. It smells wonderful and if I use it, I don't need to wear perfume that day because it smells so great and lasts so long.
A £3.96 bar will give about 4 massages or if using it yourself will probably last longer. It's pretty indulgent but then, sometimes it's good to indulge. It is definitely worth it as it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
First bought as a cleverly self-gratifying valentines day present for the boyfriend, I have become a big fan of Lush's soft couer massage bar. Small in size and priced at just under £4 this is perfect for first-time users, and its gorgeous honey scent appeals to all. Lush prides itself on natural ingredients in its products, and following this pledge the soft coeur bar contains only cocoa butter, shea butter, honey, cocoa powder, and perfumed oils. I don't have skin problems luckily, but I have never heard of anyone I know (and alot of them are Lush addicts!) having any adverse reactions to Lush products.
The aptly nicknamed 'honeymooner' bar can be used to massage, or simply to moisturise - the bar melts when warmed in ones hands to provide a non-sticky and luxurious-feeling texture. Applied on skin it first feels greasy so allowing a lovely massage experience, however within a few minutes it is fully absorbed to give you baby soft skin that smells amazing! My bar has lasted a few uses and is nowhere near finished - however I have heard from others that the soft chocolate centre is sticky and a little more messy than necessary. Personally I think that Lsuh's massage bars are well worth the price, either for romantic pursuits or simply as a yummy and natural solid moisturiser.
This is another one of the lush massage bars which I absolutely adore.
First of all the cute heart shape, then the smell mmmmmmm.... it is massively yummy (but don't try to eat it) They even put a small piece of chocolate inside too.
I found this bar melts easiest out of the massage bars I have tried. The scent is really relaxing and the heart shape means it's perfect to hint to your man (or woman) to get one and use it on you.
I personally think you can't beat the aroma - it's straight to rich chocolatey heaven with this one.
Last time I checked this was one of the cheapest massage bars, It is smaller than the others but the scent totally makes up for that. You won't get any mess associated with massage oils, and the massaging means that the butters the bar is made of can get deep into the skin and put their moisturising powers to work, so aswel as feeling relaxed you get bonus softer skin too!
I thought this massage bar would be nice to try on Valentine's day so I got one from my local Lush shop for £3.87. It's actually one of their cheaper bars but it is a bit smaller than the others too. It's a pretty little heart shape that fits right in between your hands (unlike some of their chunkier ones like the Amazonian bar).
I really liked the smell of this; it has a pleasant but quite heady scent to it. I thought it smelt very romantic and this would be ideal to wear as a fragrance for a romantic night out.
The main ingredients used in this are cocoa and shea butter (which make excellent moisturisers), honey, cocoa powder, almond and sweet orange oil and bergamot. All these oils and butters mixed together make for a wonderful fragrance that will definitely set the mood.
So I took this massage bar after my bath and stared rubbing it all over my arms and legs but did notice that the chocolate inside started to melt and made me feel icky so I wiped it off my skin and just tried to use the white bits without the chocolate. The scent was very noticeable and I really liked it. It left my skin soft and smooth and just feeling very nice.
If I could change one thing however, I would definitely take out those chocolate bits as they just seem a bit gross to me and I don't want to be rubbing chocolate all over my body before a night on the town (or even a night in really). Chocolate on the skin has never been my thing and this just made me feel sticky and icky after my nice refreshing bath.
I would love it if Lush could keep making this bar but with one alteration and that would have to be to remove those dark chocolate bits as it does nothing for the smell but just adds unpleasantness and stickiness when applying it.
Despite being only 25, in recent months I seem to have acquired the back of an old lady - constantly aching around the lower back and especially the shoulders. I love the Lush massage bars so I decided to treat myself to this one and rope in the boyfriend to work some healing magic on me!
Lush's Soft Coeur is a slightly smaller and more manageable bar than some of Lush's other bars - it's shaped like a heart and fits into the hand comfortably. When I used Lush's Black Magic, I found it very hard to handle as it was so big, so this one was a dream! To use, you simply warm it slightly between your hands and massage onto the body where the warmth causes it to melt slightly, releasing oils. It melts really easily as soon as it comes into contact with the skin.
Soft Coeur is also known as The Honeymooner and it's easy to smell why - the honey smell is gorgeous and very strong! The other strong scent in this to me is vanilla and there is a hint of bergamot and orange, which comes from bergamot oil and sweet orange oil. The slight citrus scent works really well to tone down the sweetness of the honey and vanilla, which could easily be overpowering. The smell is very sweet and powerful and instantly relaxing and as the oils melt the smell becomes even more potent, rather than fading away, which is so often the case with massage bars or bath bombs and is such a disappointment.
The bar contains shea butter and cocoa butter, both known for their moisturising qualities and as the oils are massaged into the skin they do leave it feeling lovely and soft and smooth. I would say for a massage bar it's fairly easily absorbed, but it does take a fair amount of massaging to get your skin to not feel a bit oily once you're done - I would say 20 minutes is more than enough for it to be fully absorbed. And hey, it's an excuse for a longer massage!
The only warning with this one (which luckily I was told about in the shop when I bought it) is that it does contain real chocolate and can easily stain any sheets, so I would recommend laying a towel down before using this! Brown stains on the sheets don't exactly up the romance stakes! Since the chocolate smell doesn't really add anything, maybe Lush will consider making a version of this without the dark chocolate bits in.
The smell is also really long lasting on the skin, leaving you with a hint of honey and vanilla all day long. For me this is a plus, as my perfumes tend to be sweet anyway, so it doesn't clash, and I tend to apply this either before or after a bath on a relaxing night in anyway.
Obviously the best way to use this one is to have a willing pair of helping hands to massage your back, but if you're lacking a helper, it's also easy enough to massage into arms, legs, or anywhere where you're feeling a bit achey and in need of attention.
At £3.88, this will probably last you about 5-6 massages, which is pretty good value.