“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Scrub „
Exfoliating is a necessary part of every girl's beauty regime, and there is a multitude of ways to gets that scrubbing done! I have started exfoliating every time I'm in the bath or shower to boost the condition of my skin. This Strawberry Boat scrub from Lush is a limited edition item and can be very hard to get hold of. It's discontinued now, and I managed to snag some at a special strawberry themed event at my local Lush store over the summer. It cost me £5.50 for a 70g tub.
Strawberry Boat is described on the label simply as a "body soap" although in my mind it is more of an exfoliating product. It is a fresh item that is made with fresh natural fruit as part of the ingredients, and is similar to the Fresh Face Masks. Due to the fact that there are natural ingredients and no added preservatives, you will need to keep your Strawberry Boat in the fridge, and it has a short shelf life lasting up to around 3-4 weeks.
Strawberry Boat is a very pale concoction that has a creamy colour with a slight hint of pinkness. Due to the high proportion of fresh ingredients used it has the look of pureed food, and seems a little bit lumpy before you start spreading it on. The texture is thick but smooth and has a creamy squishy feel to it. The tiny particles of ground rice are difficult to see at first, but you will certainly feel their effect. It smells gorgeous and has a really authentic strawberry scent that is soft and comforting.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells leaving your skin refreshed and looking healthy, as well as smoothing the surface and boosting circulation. The great thing about Strawberry Boat is that it gives a precise abrasive scrub, but does not cause skin to become dry or irritated. I found that the texture of the scrub made it easy to spread over my skin, and the small granules were perfect for giving a good hard rub on the areas that need it the most. I occasionally get dry bumpy skin on the back of my upper arms and thighs, and it worked really well to combat this.
The only downside of this product is that it does not go very far. I needed to use quite a large amount to cover the areas of my skin I wanted to exfoliate, and it lasted me for about 5-6 uses. For the price I would have liked it to last a little longer, but I was keen to try it as I had never seen it in any of the shops before.
Strawberry Boat is an all round good performer with a lovely scent, gentle moisturising properties, provides a fine delicate scrub and is packed full of fresh natural ingredients. It was a nice experience to try this limited edition item, but I don't think I would rush to try and hunt it down again. Would recommend picking one up if you happen to spot it in your local Lush, but the short shelf life can make it a bit inconvenient.
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Ingredients: Water, Ground Rice, Almond Oil, Fresh Strawberries, Sago, Fine Sea Salt, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Fresh Ginger Root, Ginger Oil, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Citranellol, *Linalool Perfume
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I was browsing Lush yet again when the assistant pointed out the limited-edition Retro product Strawberry Boat. When I smelled the amazing scent of fresh strawberries, and noticed that there were only two left, I had to buy it!
Strawberry Boat is described on the black tub as a 'body soap', but perhaps body scrub is a better description. It is a fresh product meaning that it should be kept in the fridge when not in use, and has a shelf life of about six weeks.
The product contains ground rice and almond oil, which help to exfoliate and moisturise skin, as well as fresh strawberries, which create the delicious scent (and I LOVE strawberries!). Also included is sea salt, rapeseed oil, coconut oil and ginger oil. The product is suitable for vegans.
I used the product in the shower, as I thought that if I used it in the bath it would just end up all over the bottom of the bath when I pulled the plug. I thought the product smelled deliciously of strawberries but in appearance resembled porridge!
To use it, I washed first then scooped some of the product out of the tub. I decided to use it on my upper arms and thighs. The product managed to exfoliate well while remaining gentle. I have to admit I was rather put off when I realised I had what looked like baby sick all over my arms! The smell wasn't quite as nice either once the scrub was wet.
Having said that, once I was out of the shower my arms and legs felt softer and smoother, and my skin smelled nice too. I didn't need to apply moisturiser and I was pleased with the results.
I got three uses out of my scrub. At £5.50 this was rather expensive especially considering scrubs such as A Sugar Babe, which is half the price and lasts longer. I probably wouldn't buy it again even if it was brought back. However it was nice for a change and for a treat, I always like to try new products! Keep an eye out for it if it turns up in your local store.
Having long been a Lush devotee, I have spent many an hour walking round the stores sniffing the delicious aroma in the air before putting items in my basket to bring home. I?ve tried most of the Lush range now; the bubble bars, the soaps, bath ballistics and even the skin care range, but one range that I have never tried up until the past few months was the Fresh. Lush pride themselves on using only the finest ingredients for any of their cosmetics and toiletries, and every one of their items is packed fit to burst with aromatherapy oils and either fruity or floral fragrances. Either you love Lush or you don?t, it?s quite simple and luckily I fall into the former category and have found only two items that I have not been impressed with so far. The skincare and Fresh range is one that I?ve often been tempted to buy but have never quite made it to the checkout. It may be because I?m worried that I won?t be able to use the whole pot before it goes past the sell by date, or the majority of the time I have not been going straight home so have been worried that the contents of the pot might go ?off? before I get a chance to sample their delights. However, Lush have now redesigned the contents of the Fresh range so they will stay fresh for up to a week so with this in mind I was spoiled for choice as to what to buy for my virgin trip into being a Fresh girl. The chances are whatever bit of your body needs a pampering, you will find it in the Fresh range. With products specifically for the face, body and the feet there is something to suit everyone. All of the products are stored in small pots and displayed on a bed of crushed ice in the stores, and there are always silver pots of gorgeous looking gunk to sample before you buy. Faced with a myriad of pots displaying gooey looking substances I was spoiled for choice and took a
ges to decide whether to give my body a good seeing to or my face. Deciding that both were probably a lost cause anyway, I plumped for the Strawberry Boat, an exfoliating body scrub. Displayed in the shiny silver salver, Strawberry Boat looks good enough to eat?..well nearly. A cross between a pastel pink and beige, the gritty substance is topped off with a couple of strawberries to give it that Summery look and to all intents and purposes someone drunk could be fooled into thinking the pieces of grit in the exfoliator are strawberry pips and the Strawberry Boat is actually a mousse. Moral so far? Don?t take a drunk person into a Lush store. Strawberry Boat is sold in 100g pots and costs £4.85. It can also be ordered from the website but as it is supposed to be kept refrigerated I would be a little dubious about purchasing it this way and would only buy it instore. The pot itself is clear plastic and nothing to write home about. Because the scrub is fresh, a sell by date is displayed on the pot and mine was two weeks ahead so I would imagine that some of the products have a longer shelf life than others. I was a tad disappointed with the smell of the scrub when I opened it ready for my first bath. Although there is a strawberry scent, it is quite faint, so don?t buy this expecting a zingy blast of strawberry sensation, because that?s not what you?ll get. Instead a subtle aroma of strawberries and organic ones no less provide the main scent, although there is a very faint whiff of almonds too. Dipping your fingers into the pot, be prepared for a very cold gritty substance to envelop your fingertips, and even though I was prepared for the scrub being cold, it was still a shock as to how cold it was! Application of Strawberry Boat is simple. Simply take a dollop of the scrub and rub it into any problem areas. I us
e mine on the tops of my arms which can sometimes develop tiny pimple under the skin, and the tops of my legs. As any woman who has used an exfoliator will vouch, it?s not particularly comfortable, as the tiny pieces of grit are designed to scrub away at the skin and get rid of any lumps or bumps, and to give it a healthy soft sheen. The gritty pieces in the Strawberry Boat are pieces of sea salt and they do the job of getting rid of the dead skin cells really well. Within seconds of rubbing the scrub into my skin I could feel it becoming smoother and any little imperfections were a distant memory. My skin felt moisturised too and had a slightly oily feel to it as if I had massaged body oil into it during my bath, no doubt this is the almond oil doing its job. I use my Strawberry Boat in the bath or shower. Of course the shower is better as the scrub washes away as I?m using it, whereas in the bath it just lays on the bottom of the tub and can cause scratched bottoms or other bits if I?m not careful, but this really is the only negative thing I can say about the scrub. I?ve used lots of other body scrubs in my time but compare Strawberry Boat with the St. Ives Apricot one and Strawberry Boat wins hands down. Yes it?s dearer ? St. Ives only costs about £3 for 400ml, but I never really noticed any difference after using that, yet with Strawberry Boat the results were instant. Lush promise that each tub will provide two to three uses and I must admit I was very generous with my Strawberry Boat and easily got three applications out of the pot. My final conclusion? I love it. My skin feels damn good, all my bumpy bits have disappeared and as well as feeling smooth, the skin on the tops of my legs and arms positively glows leaving me feeling as fresh as a daisy??or a strawberry! After using this, I?
m off to hunt out some more of the Fresh range to see if they are just as good.