“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Soap „
When I made an online order for some Lush products recently, I picked up a couple of massage bars from the Retro range. One of these was Sore Labours. I originally chose it because it was one of the cheapest available at only £4.05, and I wanted to pick two in total so that I would get a free massage bar tin!
Sore Labours is apparently a massage bar that will cure aches and pains - rather like Wiccy Magic Muscles I thought. It contains clove bud oil which helps to relieve pains, cardamom oil to warm muscles and jasmine to loosen stiff limbs. Like other massage bars, the product also contains cocoa butter and shea butter for their moisturising properties. It is suitable for vegans.
The bar is creamy-yellow in colour and has a large capital letter 'B' imprinted on the top. I couldn't work out what the B is supposed to stand for and it was driving me crazy, but then I wondered if it stood for 'body' - I only thought of this when I used my Snake Oil Scalp Bar and thought the 'S' imprinted on it stood for scalp (unless of course it stands for 'snake' which kind of blows my theory out of the water!).
I soon worked out why the bar was so cheap - at around 5cm square it is one of the smallest that Lush make. However, for a small bar it is lasting pretty well.
The smell of the bar reminds me of Wiccy Magic Muscles a little bit, although it is certainly not exactly the same. I can smell the cloves tempered by the cardamom and jasmine. While it's a 'functional' smell rather than a 'pretty' scent like you get with perfume, I don't mind it at all - unlike my dad who, after the first time I used it, wandered into the living room and exclaimed, "What's that smell?"!
With a lot of massage bars I use them all over for an intensive moisturising experience, but with this one I tend to concentrate it where it is most needed, for example my shoulders which often get stiff and sore from sitting in front of the computer all day, or my legs if I've been on my feet. A prime example is yesterday - I'd been at a job interview in London, wearing high heels all day, and with 3 hours to sit in the train each way. When I got in I was shattered and my legs were killing me, so I used the massage bar on my legs, rubbing it between my hands to melt the oils and then rubbing them into my skin, massaging my legs in the process. I massaged my shoulders too for good measure! Later in bed I realised my muscles felt incredibly relaxed: the massage bar had a warming and slightly tingly effect, and I felt so much better. I could really see the difference using it had made. My skin felt softer too, thanks to all the oils.
This is a really nice massage bar, especially good if you're on your feet all day, go to the gym a lot, or do hillwalking or anything that leaves you tired and achy. It lasts well too, especially if you only use it on the relevant areas and not all over. Overall I think I prefer the smell of Wiccy Magic Muscles (which is also effective at doing a similar job to Sore Labours, and is available in-store to boot, not just online), but Sore Labours comes minus the annoying beans that fall out everywhere. It's a little gem that gets a thumbs up from me!
Lush Sore Labours
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Body Soap / Feeling Achy? A combination of clove bud oil - renowned for pain-relieving properties, cardamon oil - warms the muscles and jasmine - loosens up stiff limbs, will get you back into the swing!
For those who are not familiar with Lush and haven't shopped there before, it is important to know that they only make cosmetics by hand from only natural ingredients. They also never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either.
I have quite sensitive skin and rarely find any kind of reaction to the products from Lush, which is one of the reasons that I enjoy using them so much. Well, that and the fact that they smell amazing and feel like a real treat!
In addition to this, Lush are committed to reducing packaging and also support loads of charities and projects around the world (details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients). You can shop online and also locate your nearest store.
The website also has Lush's "Retro" range, which is basically items that are no longer sold in their stores, but because customers still want them, can be found online instead. This pretty little ballistic is part of the Retro range and looks incredibly cute so is well worth considering.
Orders placed online usually arrive within a few days and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is obviously much better for the environment.
A massage bar is exactly what it sounds like, it is a bar designed for massage. The bar softens when applied to warm skin and leaves it coated in delicious and moisturising oils which aid the perfect massage.
A 55g massage bar will cost you £4.05 and is suitable for vegans.
Lush tells us that this bar contains the following;
"Clove bud oil is renowned for it pain-relieving properties, cardamon oil warms the muscles and jasmine loosens up stiff limbs. The last two essential oils are aphrodisiacs"
So basically, this bar is designed for those days when you feel sore and ache all over. It is great for use after exercise or when you have been travelling and feel stiff and sore. Massage is always a fantastic way to soothe sore and tired muscles and when combined with therapeutic oils, can offer more relief than painkillers. Not to mention the fact that it quickly helps you to relax, unwind and feel at peace, along with that lovely sensual feeling that massage invokes of course!
The bar is a lovely soft yellow colour and smells deliciously sweet. The main fragrances are cocoa butter and shea butter but there are also tones of clove, cinnamon and cardamon which give a slightly spicy twist to the scent along with jasmine to offer a hint of the exotic.
The bar is easiest to use if you warm one side of it in your hands first to soften it and then smooth over skin before massage. It creates a slightly warming effect which is lovely and really does help to ease sore muscles. You don't need to use very much of this bar to assist massage, and it lasts well on skin, helping your hands to gently slide over it and rub in the gorgeous fragrance.
In addition, the bar provides a delicious moisturising effect which you will feel and smell for hours after using. Your skin will feel smooth and pampered and tense and aching muscles will feel relaxed and revived. There are a range of different massage bars available from Lush, and every one that I have tried has been great, This one is a little bit special though because of the healing properties contained in the essential oils, and so really is perfect for helping to reduce pain and leave you feeling comfortable, relaxed and refreshed.
If you like massage and find that you are prone to tired and sore muscles at the end of a long day then this is certainly a product that you should consider. I personally find it much less messy to use massage bars than oils and the scent of this one is great, sweet, spicy and warming. All you need now is someone willing to provide the actual massage!
One of my favourite things to buy in the whiffy shop known as Lush are the massage bars and more excitingly due to the fact you can now buy products which have been discontinued online, I can now revert back to buying some of my favourite products and re-live the pleasant experiences all over again. Please note that any items which have been discontinued can only be bought online through the Lush website, so for all you Lush addicts like me out there, get online and have a look for your old trusty favourites.
Now I love Lush massage bars because not only are they a great product which in my own experiences do exactly as they say they are going to do, whether that is relax you and take away the days stress or simply moisturise your skin to make it all soft supple and of course not forgetting that it takes two to use... I don't think I need to say more than that.
So why did I revert back to a very old product?... well being one of the first products in the massage bar range I ever tried the aptly names 'Sore Labors' massage bar which retails at £3.75 for a 55gram bar, it promised to take away all of the aches and pains around my muscles and loosen up stiff joints with the clever combination of essential oils. A product which for someone who has just worked over 90 hours in one week sounds absolute bliss for some relaxation and winding down from the stress of the past two months of work. So I bought it along with some other discontinued products that I had liked many moons ago and looked forward to my package arriving. The cost of massage bars does vary slightly depending on the size and ingredients contained within, this particular massage bar is one of the cheaper ones available, but rather than buy something because of the price, I tend to buy something that I feel will help a particular problem, unless of course it smells particularly vile, then I just will not buy it.
The 'Sore Labors' massage bar does look very much like an ordinary piece of nice soap which could be found in anyone's bathroom however, this massage bar with the letter B clearly seen on the front is not a piece of soap. It is creamy orangey looking square bar which arrived within the cellophane wrapping most Lush customers would recognise and the smell it creates from the opening of the wrapping is amazing, it hits you instantly without you even having to rub it between your hands. Now the reason that most Lush massage bars look like soap and resemble a piece of soap is because it is designed to make using it a simple process.
When it comes to using a massage bar it is really simple because you pretty much mimic the actions of using a bar of soap, hence why most massage bars are made the way they are. To melt the bar to make it easier to use when massaging you simply rub it between your hands which will then loosens some of the calming essential oils and butters (if you look at your hands they will appear slightly greasy) to enable you to massage much easier so that your fingers glide over the skin whilst at the same time allowing the oil to work as it is designed to do and leave the person giving the massage with lovely soft hands. A piece of advice on my part is to make sure the person massaging you has warm hands when they begin to massage you, there is nothing worse than a cold handed masseuse to make it feel like someone is dancing over your grave as the shivers set in and warm hands help the massage bar melt a little easier. Then as the oils begin the flow you simply massage your partner to relieve any stress and tension and allow the oils to d their job.
After using the massage bar you may need to towel off any excess oils because you want to leave any stains around your home, always double check that it has all been massaged into your skin or that you do towel yourself off afterwards. Having used this massage bar on a few occasions it is one of the better bars for not leaving behind oily residue on your skin which can be transferred to clothes and other items.
Now I have to admit that this massage bar smells absolutely amazing and for anyone who is an avid fan of both Cocoa and Shea butter than you will certainly enjoy the smell of this. Firstly there is a combination of both Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter which are known to moisturise the skin thoroughly. Then we have Sesame oil which is extremely versatile and is used for its ability to penetrate the skin easily, nourishing and detoxifying even the deepest tissue layers of your skin. Cardomen Oil is the second ingredient and this warms up the muscles to relieve pain and tensions whilst promoting a refreshing and uplifting effect. Add to that some Jasmine which works with the Cardomen oil to loosen up stiff joints and leave a wonderful smell lingering on your skin we finally have Clove Bud Oil which is renowned for its pain-relieving properties and it helps to relieve muscular numbness along with fatigue and melancholy. Both the Cardomen and Jasmine oils both serve as aphrodisiacs as well, so there might even be a better way to relieve that stress and tension! There are also many other ingredients contained within this massage bar and they can be found at www.lush.co.uk
As for the smell, the combination of Cocoa butter and Shea butter working together produce a wonderful aroma once it is released onto your hands and as you begin to massage the smell of the Jasmine Oil also becomes notable and it is really is a pleasant and relaxing smell. I love the smell and it does linger on your body for a good few hours after using. To get a good use of this bar I would suggest massaging your body (or should I say, get a loved one to massage it for you) for a minimum of 30 minutes so that you can ensure the oils have been given a chance to work thoroughly and at the same time your whole body has been given a good massage! After using this product I did find that my skin was left feeling extremely soft and moisturised to the touch and within an hour of using this massage bar the ache in my shoulders had subsided and the numbness had gone. When you are spending time fetching and carrying boxes from delivery men a few times a week, your shoulders take the strain and in my case carrying 243 boxes on one day really did play havoc with my shoulders and I did wake up the following morning with a stiff numbness across my back and shoulders and using this massage bar helped greatly especially because I am allergic to products like Deep Heat and Ralgex spray which would have been a (very smelly) alternative.
So do I recommend this product? Well you won't be surprised to learn that I would recommend this bar to anyone who loves a good Lush product and even one that is quite ordinary looking. It does what it claims to do and is cheap for the length of time it seems to last, in my case a good few months and I use it a few times a week if I can get my own way.
If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website.
Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols.
Lush first officially launched their products in 1995, although they had been around for many years previous and their name was decided upon in a competition after many years of working under the name 'Cosmetics to go' as a mail order company and so to Poole in Dorset the firm grew and became globally known.
Feeling Achy? A combination of clove bud oil / renowned for pain-relieving properties, cardamon oil / warms the muscles and jasmine / loosens up stiff limbs, will get you back into the swing!