“ Brand: Lush / Bar / Type: Massage Bar / What it does: destresses, „
After reading all the good reviews about Lush products on the market, I decided to pay a visit to the Covent Garden store near where I worked and see what they had to offer! There was a lovely sales assistant there who was more than happy to talk me through the most popular products, the scents, the background of the business (the guy who created white musk for bodyshop and many of their other products, but now decided to open his own natural business, etc etc!) and seemed really enthusiastic about the brand which helped persuade me even more to try some of their products!
I asked the sales assistant if she had anything that would be good for stretch marks, and she recommended this lush therapy bar to me. Since having my daughter, I was unfortunate enough to develop stretch marks on my tummy which I absolutely hate, and after having tried bio-oil and many other expensive potions for "reducing the appearance of stretch marks" I thought maybe having something natural would be a more effective solution. The sales assistant informed me that this bar contained lavender, a soothing ingredient which helps elasticity of the skin, which would make it more flexible and not prone to stretch marks and neroli which sends endorphins (I think thats the right word!) to your brain which induces feelings of happiness, and the lush therapy bar was created to be rubbed on the tummy to send happy feelings to the baby. All sounded very idealistic so I was more than happy to exchange £6.25 for this great little bar!
However when I got home I noticed it was not all it purported to be...in store she simply rubbed it between her hands and then rubbed a small amount on my hand (giving me a lovely hand massage at the same time) but at home I found the bar is very hard and I cannot apply it to my skin in the same way :( I find myself rubbing the bar all over my body (like exfoliating scrub or something) and it feels to come off in lumps rather than the smooth "massage oil" she sold it to me as...as far as I am aware my bathroom is always steaming hot after my shower, but the bar stays solid as a rock! She did advise me it doesn't contain any additives so it stays solid naturally, but I didn't think it would be this resistant. Another small complaint is that I did not find it made me particularly happy at all! Just my same usual happiness of every day, but not bouncing off the walls ecstatic (if you know what I mean!). One thing I would say is that the smell is lovely, although I use a perfume on top, as it is not a smell I would want to walk around all day smelling like....unfortunately it has also done nothing for my stretch marks so I am back to square one. I bought it 3 weeks ago, and will continue to use it until it is finished but, after that I most definitely won't be returning to buy anything else, any time soon....
I am a lover of all things bath and beauty, and until recently I had never managed to purchase anything from Lush for myself, until I bought the Therapy massage bar. When I entered the store I got chatting to one of the sales assistant, who are always really friendly and knowledgeable about all the products in the store, I said I was after something to put on my skin after my shower that would improve my dry skin. They recommended the massage bar and was hooked in with the buy two get a free tin offer. The bar itself is £5.95, and can be purchased in store or from their eshop online.
So you don't have to use it on another person? Well I use this bar as a little treat for me.The bar itself is 65g in weight and is as pictured above save, three indented dots and one sticky out dot running down the centre of the bar. The sticky out dot was really nice for getting knots out of the body, but this had flattened within five uses, I know it was inevitivable, it was a small shame that it didn't last longer. Having said that the indents did last 10-15 uses before wearing away.
How do you give yourself a massage? The bar is shaped like an oval soap, it's not particularly slippy, so is easier to pick up. I use just after a shower when still slightly damp, and the skin is a little warmer. I literally hold the bar in one hand and directly rub it onto the skin, concentrating on my limbs first, before my middle and back. The cocoa butters and shea butters in the bar melt easily, and if your skin is damp there is virtually no resistance. I have tried using this during the day, and you have to warm the bar up more to prevent resistance, and give an effortless glide. Your skin does feel moisturised after use, with no stickiness, but I found the product to be quite greasy when left on the skin for up to an hour afterwards before it was all absorbed into the skin. I nearly came to blows with greasiness of this product, as I stuck on a pair of cheap harem pants after applying to my stomach, before I realised the waist of the harems was left with a big greasy mark. This mark didn't move much with plain tap water, and it stuck around the whole day, but did come out easily in the wash. After this experience I would recommend using the massage bar before bed, and certainly not before wearing your best dry clean only outfits.
If you don't like the idea of applying the bar directly onto the skin, you can also war, the product up in your hands before applying the oils to the skin and massage in. I personally prefer the first option as it seems less messy.
Massage oil.... ooh what does that smell like? Well the base of the fragrance is shea and cocoa butter, and the cocoa butter definitely comes through. There is also some energising citrus oils, along with the relaxing essential oils of neroli and lavender. The overall effect is a herbal chocolate orange smell, I actually think it is quite festive. I personally find the smell overpowering, and it does interfere with perfume, which is something I am not keen on. Although if you wanted to wear a scent alone this would be nice. A word of warning, the first time applied this was after my shower right before going to bed, and the smell was so cloying and overpowering I couldn't sleep, so go easy until you get used to it. I was particularly surprised by this as the sales assistant recommended this one for its light fragrance. Particularly as the scent lasts four hours plus on my skin. I have been wearing this in spring/ summer, and I find it too heavy at the moment, and think the scent would be more suited around autumn/ winter.
Did my skin itself improve? I am using this every other day, and I would say my skin is more moisturised. I would say the results are an improvement on my everyday body lotions, but not as moisturising as my Body Shop body butters.
How long will it last? I have been using it all over my limbs every other day for 3-4 weeks and I would say I've used about a third of the bar or so, so I would say this would last 3-4 months with every other day usage.
Storage? I have one of the metal tins, and I would definitely recommend this buy two massage bars and get one free, or stump up £2.95 for the tin. My main disappoint with getting the tin is I found it would limit the number of massage bars I could choose from. Currently on the Lush website there are seventeen varieties of massage bars, this includes the internet only retro bars. Only five are designed to fit specifically in the oval tin. This is a real shame, as I could see the product melting, slipping and sliding all over the place without one.
Would I recommend this? I have another massage bar to use up, but I don't think I will be replacing these items as I don't think it improved my skin enough to warrant the strong smell and greasiness. Although I think with the tin, this would be an excellent body moisturiser if you were travelling or spending weekends away, as long as you weren't heading to a hot destination with the bar melting at body temperature.
Overall if you can stand the greasiness, and want to buy into the organic vegan handmade lush philosophy, whilst smelling like a giant chocolate orange, I would recommend giving this one a go.
Review also posted on Ciao under the same username.
I'd never tried a massage bar from Lush until recently when I recieved the Sweet and Dreamy Gift Set and discovered a bar of Therapy inside. I've used it quite a few times over about a month, and although the idea is that you do use this during a massage I often use this in the shower aswell as I like it so much and feel it suits my skin really well.
What Lush say: "Euphoria-inducing bar with uplifting neroli. Therapy is a wunder-bar, which we make to help your hard life get softer. First, it moisturises with cocoa and shea butters to make your hard skin get softer. Then, it softens your tensions with lavender and neroli oils - neroli is the one which gives you a feeling of euphoria, especially when you have someone massaging it into your shoulders. Give Therapy a try and you'll feel better in no time. 100% certified organic."
Therapy Massage Bar has the appearance of a bar of soap, it's a creamy colour with four little indented circles running along the middle with one becoming a little bump, it's a very simple but effective design. To use you simply rub the bar between your hands until properly coated then massage into someone else or yourself, or obviously even better get someone else to massage it into you. I did initially find Therapy a little bit greasy and oily when massaging into my hands but when my girlfriend rubbed it into my back it didn't feel greasy at all, although she said she knew what I meant when she had it on her hands. While using the bar the massage oils almost melt into your hands and you don't need much to get a liberal amount in which you can then use to massage. I do often find myself rubbing this in for myself if I happen to have some dry skin as it really is very moisturising and I haven't always got someone on hand who's willing to give me a massage! If you use Therapy three times a week Lush recommend this bar should last about three months, so the price becomes a little more understandable.
The smell is a little unusual but it's still very nice, the cocoa butter, used to soften the skin gives the massage bar a chocolatey scent, and this mixed with the lavender does seem a weird combination but it works. I've known other people describe this as smelling like chocolate orange but I don't smell that at all. The smell lingers well on the skin, and after being massaged at night I can still smell it going well into the next day. It also smells lovely sitting in the bathroom which is always a plus.
Overall, I'm glad I've tried a massage bar and I will definitely try more, including buying Therapy again, although I can't see it running out any time soon. Although the initial price seems a lot for the use which you get out of it it's worth it. It smells lovely and really does leave skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Lush Therapy massage bar.
Lush are well known for many skincare products, and those that don't know should seriously try some of them out. One of the newest things I have tried of theirs are the massage bars. Now these can be used on your own skin, or other people's, whether its if you actually want to massage someone or just have a calming soothing effect on your skin.
In the shop, they are all laid out naked (no wrapping) so that you are able to smell and feel them before you choose to purchase. There are many different types and flavours, some stronger and oilier than others. One in particular that caught my eyes was the 'Therapy' massage bar. It looks slightly like a bar of soap, not typical Lush soap, but like a plain bar. It is creamy in colour and is an oval shape. For those that know, its is the same shape as their massage bar tins, except slightly smaller in size. It also has a mini design on the top of it which is 4 indents of circles, 3 inverted and one sticking out. This is to provide texture and to also help distinguish which is which when buying.
As soon as I picked this up, I noticed it was already melting in my hands due to my temperature, this can be a good or bad thing, good because it wouldn't take long to soak into your skin, but bad if you don't like mess. Compared to other massage bars, it is fairly big in size and about 200g at an estimate (sorry, I recycled the packaging and keep it in a tin so the label is not present).
The smell is not as strong a some of the other bars, but it is a pleasant sweet, almost white chocolaty flavour. Once on the skin, the scent transfers and lingers on the skin for ages.
As mentioned before, it melts as soon as I touch it and I rub it onto the parts of my body that I want to use it on. It does feel pretty oily but also very moisturising. It is also supposed to help reduce visible scars with continuous use, I haven't used it long enough to see a difference yet, but I will update if it does work.
The price of this product was just over £5 from my local Lush shop, however if you buy any two massage bars, you can claim a free massage bar tin to keep them in :)
Most people seem rather wary and confused over the term 'Massage Bar' when it comes to one of Lush's staple lines of packaging-free, handmade products. I admit, I was doubtful to purchase my first Massage Bar as the name of it -is- very specific, and I wasn't big on giving out massages (and I very rarely ever receive them, poor me!) but I took the plunge when I was explained in store that they can also be used as an all-over-body moisturizer!
Unlike most moisturizers on the high street, this one in a SOLID, moulded form - made up primarily of creamy, Organic Fair-trade Cocoa Butter, and Shea butter as its base. This, obviously, is what softens your skin, and softens it extremely well. Both of these butters are renowned to treat and reduce stretch marks, marks, and rough dry skin.
As well as feeling yummy, it smells yummy too. It's laced with Organic Lavender Essential Oil which calms the mind, and calms down muscles - however the scent is very delicate. It is also laced with Organic Neroli Oil which comes from the blossoms of orange trees, and brings about the feeling of euphoria and well being - as well as being reported to improve the texture of the skin. And finally it is laced with Organic Sweet Orange Oil, known to uplift your mood!
You'll find as soon as you touch the bar, it reacts to your body temperature - and melts into a clear, un-staining oil very quickly. All you have to do is run the bar over the body parts you want to work on in moisturizing, and then rub the lovely oils in with your hands, or, rub the bar in your hands firstly -then- apply to your body. It isn't sticky, but it doesn't dry super quickly either like a standard body moisturizer - so I'd advise you to use this before bed, and then you can fully appreciate it penetrating your skin and truly pampering you.
I have problems with neck pain, and I found the little 'nubbin' on the top of the bar really helpful when massaging the back of my neck.
All of its ingredients contribute to its very distinct scent: Terry's Chocolate Orange! If you have an earthy, herbal, sweet tooth - this is definitely for you! It really is delicious, and a joy to use. At £5.65p for a 65g bar - I'd say its well worth it, and lasts a very good while.
I am a big fan of Lush massage bars and have used quite a few (which I have also reviewed) so next I decided to buy the Therapy massage bar, mainly because the smell is so absolutely gorgeous. It is an interesting mix of lavender and orange. You get a 65g bar for £5.95 which I think is reasonable considering we usually get 4 to 6 full body massages from a single Lush bar.
The oils went onto the skin beautifully and they were neither too sticky nor too greasy as I have found some massage bars to be. So far we have got 2 full body massages out of the bar so I suspect we will get 4 in total which is great in my opinion.
After the massage the whole room was scented with the Therapy bar smell for hours afterwards and our skin was SO soft and silky.
What is it?
It is a massage bar, this is basically like massage oils but in a solid form so it is easier to apply.
How do you use it
You can either rub the bar directly onto the skin and then rub in the oils on the skin, or you can rub the massage bar in between your hands first and then apply just using your hands.
I find that it is hard to apply to this skin at first, this is until the bar has warmed up a bit as this helps melt the oils onto the skin.
How does it make you feel?
First, it moisturises your skin with cocoa and Shea butters to make your hard skin get softer. Then, it relaxes you with lavender and neroli oils.
I find that is doesn't make my skin oily, although you think it would at first but your skin absorbs all the oil.
What does it smell like?
Chocolate oranges , which is the best smell ever, but I wouldn't recommend eating it :)
As with all lush products they come naked, so do not have any packaging. However you can buy a massage bar tin to keep it in, these are about £2.95 and are basically just a metal tin.
£5.65 for 65g
There cannot be many people who are unaware of who Lush are and what they sell, even if they have never been inside a shop. Most Lush shops can be smelt before they are seen due to the oils and perfumes used to create their beauty products, which are often then displayed unwrapped in the store. Marketing themselves as sellers of fresh, handmade eco-friendly cosmetics they have created a unique presence on the high street and have a bright, easy to navigate website for those who are unable to get to a shop.
Whilst in principle I love the idea of Lush and would happily buy all of my family's cosmetic/bath products there (we all have sensitive skin and eco-friendly leanings) it took me four years to go back into a Lush shop after using one of their bath ballistics which was given as a wedding present. Even after only using just half in my bath I found myself scratching vigorously at my skin and got out of the bath to find myself covered in glitter which was very difficult to wash off (and even on honeymoon it isn't very amusing to find glitter in some places). The bath was also coated in glitter and a slippery film which was difficult to shift and made showering fun for the next few days. My little girl however loves the shop (I think she thought it was a sweet shop at first!) and nagged me for weeks until I went back in.
One thing I do like is the fact that all the ingredients are clearly listed on the labels/shelf tags so I am able to avoid anything I know that we as a family are oversensitive to. One of these things is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a dodgy chemical and a known irritant with links to an identified carcinogen. I was very disappointed to find it in Lush Bubble Bars which would have been my first choice to buy for my little girl. I found her an alternative and was then cornered by a shop assistant who noticed my (frankly enormous) pregnant belly and suggested I try one of their massage bars. Apparently they sell a lot of these to pregnant women as the oils are safe during pregnancy and cocoa butter is very good for stretchmarks. It is not solely for pregnant women though, the blurb says :
""This bar is to clam you down, when you are feeling stressed out, or have your "knickers in twist" this describes the feeling when you have too much to do, and you feel you are running in many directions. We could maybe do with some real Therapy at this point. This bar is much easier than having to go through all that, and a lot cheaper, but it will do the same job. Neroli helps you feel happier, and the lavender will calm you down.
Therapy is a wunder-bar' which we make to help your hard life get softer. First, it moisturises with cocoa and shea butters to make your hard skin get softer. Then it softens your tensions with lavender and neroli oils; neroli is the one which is proven to give you a feeling of euphoria, especially when you have someone massaging it into your shoulders. It also eases the strain on your bank account as it's softer on the overdraft than the other kind of therapy.""
A massage bar is a solid lump of oils and butters and looks rather like a bar of soap. The Therapy bar has three small depressions and then a semi-circle to decorate it and has a light, fresh smell to it. The idea is to hold the bar in your hands to melt the top layer of oils and butters before then rubbing the oils on your/someone else's skin. Ideally you are left with softened skin, relaxed muscles and smelling delicious. The ingredients of this bar are:
Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao butter)
Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii butter)
Organic Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis oil)
Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia oil)
Organic Neroli Oil (Citrus amara oil)
*Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
Because this product melts easily it is a good idea to keep it in the fridge. Lush sell massage bar tins for £2.91 if you want to make it more portable.
So after all of that waffle what was it actually like? I bought it thinking it would be good to use in labour and then remembered that last time I actually threatened to bite anyone who dared to touch me. It has a short use by date as well, just two weeks, which I hadn't noticed before so I thought I would get on and use it. The overwhelming scent that hits you when you open the packet is oranges with a slight tang of lavender, quite pleasant but also quite a masculine smell. I duly held it between my palms and rubbed the resulting oils gently onto my stomach. A small amount just didn't go very far and I had to go back to the bar three more times before my hands moved smoothly over my skin. Having worked to get the stuff onto my hands I didn't want to stop there and tackled my legs and arms as well. After a great deal of rubbing there was still a slick of oils on the surface of my skin and it took several scrubbings to get it off my hands. I went to bed feeling a bit sticky, but smelling quite pleasant and a little bit more relaxed than when I started (although wrestling with soap and taps with slick hands was not so relaxing). The smell lingered on the bedsheets for several days which was quite pleasant but I didn't feel like using it again the next night as it felt like somewhat of a faff, especially as I can rub moisuriser on my body much faster and with less of a clean-up afterwards. My skin did feel softer but it didn't help as much with my post-shower itching arms and legs, only my trusty intense moisturiser helped there. It was pleasant to rub it on my swollen stomach and I have continued to use it like this to relax my belly and 'bond' with the baby. However it has done nothing for the dreaded stretchmarks!
So, in conclusion it is a nice thing to have around, but given the short use-by date it should be used more often that I have wanted to, given that application and clean-up is something of a nuisance. If I was able to waft around the house earth-mother style I would love to be able to fit this into my everyday routine, but in reality I am a frazzled mother of an energetic four year old in the summer heat and the last thing I want to do in my precious quiet time is to regularly rub my body with oils; too reminiscent of preparing a large chicken for the oven. The oils were nice but I didn't feel they helped particularly, it was more the rubbing that made me feel a bit more human and less stressed! More of a luxury than a necessity I think.
Price: I paid £5.50 for my bar
This is a really lovely massage bar that is good for men and women. It has a slight lavendery smell, but it's not too strong. It is a massage bar rather than massage oil because Lush are committed to making as much stuff as possible solid, this way it uses less packaging. You can use this in two ways, first to massage someone else, in which case you warm up the bar in your hands (or on them) and just rub! Or, you can use it as a body moisturiser. I leave mine on a warm radiator in its special massage bar tin to melt a little, then rub it all over myself so I'm coated with oil. Then I rub my self down with a towel and voila! Super soft skin. I think the price is very reasonable, it is £5.50 per bar, and this bar will probably last for several massages at least. Also, buy any two bars and you get a free tin to keep them in, thus saving on packaging.
I admit it, I took a break from Lush for around a month. I was spending WAY too much money in that shop, and after a week, would have not much left to show for it. So I took a break for a month and saved all of the money I would have spent in Lush that week in a jar. How did I know what money I would have spent that week? Because I'm a weirdo who makes Lush shopping lists every sunday, so I knew exactly what I'd spend that week. Exactly one month later (monday 22nd june), I had just over £119 in my little jar. Not only did I realize that I'm a huge spender, but I realized that I deserved a treat for being so good, so off to Lush it was!
I bought 5 things, one of which was the Therapy massage bar, which i have had many of, hence the reason I was confused by the fact I hadn't already reviewed it on here. For those of you who don't know, a massage bar is a solid bar of massage oils/butters/lotions which are useful in many ways. They usually come in different shapes/sizes and have patterns/prints on them.
This particular massage bar is an oval shape which around 3.5 inches long and 2 inches wide, it is 1.5cm in height. In colour, it is a yellowy cream, this can vary due to the fact that these are handmade and the formula sometimes differs. On the top of the therapy bar is a little nubbin type thing. There are also three little dips in it, which is a cute little addition to which would normally look like a very boring bar.
Lush have recently changed the formula for this bar and while it is still a firm favourite of mine, it is slightly different than from before. This is most noticeable with the scent. I could never really describe the previous scent, but now it is very much like Terry's Chocolate Orange with a hint of lavender in it. Thankfully the lavender isn't too strong because I hate that scent. If you smell it for long enough you can even smell the butters in it, which is lovely.
The main ingredients of this bar are: shea butter, coco butter, sweet orange oil, lavender oil and neroli oil. For a full list of ingredients, check the lush website.
Lush says: "The soothing, euphoria-inducing bar with uplifting neroli.
Therapy is a wunder-bar' which we make to help your hard life get softer. First, it moisturises with cocoa and shea butters to make your hard skin get softer. Then it softens your tensions with lavender and neroli oils; neroli is the one which is proven to give you a feeling of euphoria, especially when you have someone massaging it into your shoulders. It also eases the strain on your bank account as it's softer on the overdraft than the other kind of therapy.
100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC"
Sounds lovely, right?
For me, this bar has totally changed my skin. I apply all over my body (except my face) after every shower and not only has it made my skin 100% softer and appear nicer, it has reduced the appearance of minor scars. This also works really well on my mum's stretch marks, so if you have stretch marks, this is the one for you!
Another thing I've noticed about this bar is that I concentrate better after using it. Weird, huh?
The massage bars melt fairly quickly with the heat of your hands/body, so don't faff around, get straight to business and put it back unless you want to be buying a new one every week.
These bars aren't only for giving/receiving massages/moisturizing though, you can use them to tame flyaways in your hair, for a lovely bath, for relieving muscle pain and tension, relieving congestion and many more.
To tame flyaways: hold your massage bar of choice in your hand for a few seconds - long enough to get some of the oils in your hands, but not long enough to make your hands oily enough to give your hair a greasy appearance. Once you've done this, run you hands through your hair, this will tame your flyaways and give your hair a lovely scent. AVOID applying this to your roots unless you like the greasy look.
For a good bath: again, take the massage bar of your choice, cut a chunk off and throw it into a hot bath, let it melt. This will moisten your skin and make the room smell lovely.
To relieve muscle tension: take the wiccy magic muscles bar and massage it into the tense muscles. This can also be done with the nubbin on the therapy bar.
To relieve congestion: take the wiccy magic muscles bar, cut a chunk off and throw it into a hot bowl of water and steam your face in it, or use it in a bath.
The therapy bar will cost £4.84 and if you buy two (of ANY massage bars, not just therapy), you get a free massage bar tin.
I've found plenty advantages in this massage bar. I personally haven't found any major disadvantages, but my mum has, so I'll throw those in there too, as it's only fair to draw those to your attention.
Reduces appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Melts quickly (I agree with this one, but if your refrigerate it for 5-15 minutes before you use it, this will stop it melting so quickly).
If used for a long time, can give you a headache.
Only available from Lush or lush.co.uk (or the lush website for your country). You may find these on ebay or a lush swap site, but I advise buying them straight from Lush themselves.
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Thanks for reading!
I was recommended this Lush therapy massage bar by one of the sales ladies at the shop. I liked the fact that you get a free tin when you buy two massage bars and this particular one was £4.84. This might seem like a lot but mine has lasted me ages now and I use it all the time so I think it's worth the money.
Lush make all their cosmetics fresh and by hand. They use fresh ingredients and try and use as little preservatives as possible. This is what I like about their products. I've got very sensitive skin and often find that heavily perfumed or products with too many chemicals will easily irritate my skin. I haven't had this problem with Lush and in particular this product so that's a massive thumbs up from me!
The massage bar is an oval shape cream coloured bar with little circular designs on the top. It's mainly made up of cocoa and shea butter, which is very moisturising. The essential oils that they've used for this are mainly orange, lavender and neroli oil. It's quite a fresh and lightly citrusy smelling massage bar. The essential oil blends are meant to help you relax and lift your mood. To me, it also smells very chocolaty but that's due to the cocoa butter.
The bar melts easily when it comes in contact with your skin or when you squeeze it in between your palms. It doesn't melt away too fast though, which I think is good, otherwise it would get used up way too quickly. The bar glides onto the skin and the oils and butters just melt into the skin, leaving it so soft and smooth. Whilst I don't have anyone to give me massages, I just like to rub it into my legs after a long day of standing at work and it really helps relieve the tiredness and tension.
I was also told that this bar was excellent for pregnant women and people who are trying to shift stretch marks. Whilst I won't be able to tell you about that (not having experienced it myself), I would say that this massage bar is excellent for rubbing into the skin, has a wonderful relaxing scent and leaves the skin beautifully moisturised. It's also gentle enough for someone with very sensitive skin like me. I'd say, pop into a Lush shop and have a test of this one as I'm sure you won't be able to resist.
Ever feel the need for a soothing massage? had a rough day at work? ever considered seeking a therapist? get your mits on one of these massage bars instead and save yourself the money and your sanity.
These hand sized bars contain organic fairly traded cocoa butter and shea butter to soften the skin plus neroli and lavender oils to soften your tensions. To use them you hold them in your hand for a few minutes to let the oils warm up and soften ready to be massaged into anything or anyone you like.
These bars come sold unwrapped though you can buy seperate tins to keep them in. (buy two massage bars and Lush will give you a tin for free) I find them much less messy than bottled oils as the oils in the bar dont go completely liquid and are therefore easier to work with. The smells are gorgeous and wonderfully calming making them perfect to help you drift off to sleep after a tough day at the office.
The bar costs £4,95 which is very good value I think as the last bar I bought lasted me a good few months with regular use.
Complete list of ingredients:
Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao butter), Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii butter), Organic Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis oil), Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia oil), Organic Neroli Oil (Citrus amara oil), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
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Lush Therapy Massage Bar
The Guilty Shopping Trip
This afternoon Himself came back from a jaunt into town to find a new job, having become unemployed at approximately 17.10hrs yesterday afternoon. Perhaps to cheer my face up, or maybe because hes a bit sick of all the citrusy scented products Ive become addicted to during the past 8 months or so (a strange sort of aroma-craving!), he sat down on the bed next to me where I was having my pre-baby afternoon nap (Ill miss those when theyre gone!) and put what felt like a small oval tin into my waiting palms. With my eyes closed I went into Braille mode to try to establish exactly what Id been given by feel, but ended up cheating and opening said tin to see if it had anything in it. When the lid came off, this amazing smell that could only mean one thing attacked my nostrils. Lush. The shop, not the Geordie slang for something great and good. Though indeed, my present is both great and good, so well not split hairs over descriptions!
Such is his love and affection for me, Himself had been and spent a whole £7.90 in my favourite shop, to bring me something to calm and soothe my frayed nerves, and possibly his conscience too for being the cause of said frayed nerves. The tin was free, he told me, if he bought two massage bars, so he picked Therapy, because The Helpful Lush Lady had told him it was great for pregnant ladies, and Each Peach and Twos a Pear, because weve had it before and know it to be utterly divine! (Review to follow on that one too, I think!)
The Bar Which Is For Massage and For Therapy
Lush Massage bars are truly amazing creations, and if youve never been within a half a metre of one before then you need to 1) ask yourself why, and 2) get yourself and your secret store of 50pz down to the nearest Lush establishment for the purposes of purchasing one.
Made to look a little like fancy bars of soap, these amazing things are solid oils, butters and smells, all mixed up together for our massaging pleasure. There are about 15 different types of bar to choose from, all smelling and looking quite different from one another, but all equally divine. The thing that is so magical about them is that they are solid, as I said, like soap, but once you hold them in your hot wee hands for a few minutes, they start to melt, just enough for the oils and butters and smells to transfer to your hands or your skin, ready for massage heaven!
At Which Point Himself Arrives with a Coffee, a Mr Kiplings Bakewell Tart and His Magic Fingers
Somehow its all about Himself he wants to be in the review, and so he shall. Though it has to be said Im making him work for it! Currently typing and having my shoulders lovingly and thoroughly massaged rather a pleasant experience, though Im finding it quite difficult to hit the right keys. The smell is utterly amazing it has an understated citrus twang (or is that just my hormones?), a hint of lavender, neroli, cocoa butter and shea butter. Its a smell that calms me down and sucks all the stress out of me so fast, and combined with the talented massaging hands of Himself, its the surest road to a calm me. Himself isnt bothered about the smell, but loves the way the bar makes my skin look shiny, but not greasy shiny, and, in his own words, like a baby-oiled-up 80s porn star. (Allegedly not sure if I should take it as a complement !) The lady in the shop said it was good for pregnant ladies, and she was so right. My baby bump has already had a massage (apparently the oils help to reduce stretch marks) and now Ive had my back pummelled cant wait for my regular evening foot massage! And who said pregnancy was hard work?!!!
At Which Point Himself Wanders Off And I Am Almost Too Relaxed to Type
Blimey, its amazing what a bit of massage can do. Not sure how many typos Ill have had in the last section, but spell-check will definitely be working for its living this evening! There are so many benefits to massage, and its such an easy way to relax and calm yourself after a long day or a period of particular stress. Sometimes I think its as calming to do the massaging as to be massaged and I certainly think Himself could find employment in such a trade should he ever be stuck for a job hes very good at it! So, on with the rest of the review .
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Perfume, Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Neroli Oil (Citrus amara), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This information from the Lush website www.lush.co.uk.
One bar of this lovely stuff will set you back £3.95, which seems like a lot, but youre paying for quality stuff that will last you ages and that isnt packaged up to the hilt, and thats always a good thing
If you want a tin to keep it in, and I can highly recommend this, as in my humble opinion, dust particles in your massage experience is always a bad thing will cost you £2.50. Or absolutely nothing if you pop into your local Lush store first thing on Monday morning and buy two of these lovely bars of solid heaven!
Buy it in a shop on the high street and carry it home, scenting the bus with the sweet perfume of serenity, or order it online and calm the senses of your Local (and probably Very Stressed Out Due to Royal Mail Strikage) Postman as its delivered to your door in calm perfection. However you get it into your home doesnt really matter, all you have to think about now is getting someone to apply it, regularly. Like maybe twice a day (*hoping Someone reads this later *)...three times a day ? All day, every day? Maybe I should run an experiment to see if its possible to get bored of being calmed and soothed with massage. Or try to get into the Guinness book of records for the longest ever full body massage .Hmmm, worth thinking about!
A Bit About Lush
Lush make all their stuff by hand. Which in todays modern world of Fast and Convenience and Computers and Machinery instead of People, sounds crazy. But its true. They try not to use preservatives, they use fresh ingredients, they only buy in from companies who are good to the animals, and they dont go mad on fancy packaging. This is one of the aspects I like the most (aside from the glorious smell that Im sure they pump into the street to lure you in ) because I can buy a bar of moisturising lotion without having to buy the plastic to contain it. Same goes for shampoo. A solid bar of shampoo will cost you about a pound more than a bottle, but it will last a good six months and you dont have to stress about the plastic contribution to environmental damage in the process.
If you happen to buy a number of items at your local Lush store, and require a bag to carry them home in (which is probably every time you visit, if youre anything like me or Himself !) then you can do so safe in the knowledge that your bag can be recycled or even composted. The yellow bag that Himselfs free sample came in (did I tell you about the free samples?) asks Is there life after Lush? and has a lovely picture of Yellow Bag asking to be composted in your own, or someone elses compost heap (having asked permission from the owner first, of course!). I like their ethics, their approach to business and the smell of their shop. Might see if they have any jobs going for Himself theyre bound to do staff discount!!!
My Final Thoughts
Well its a bar of gloriousness that smells amazing. It feels wonderful too, and though it takes a while to be absorbed (leading of course to a longer massage !) it makes my skin feel soft and silky and scented for ages afterwards. Its not that expensive to compare, I bought a tub of Mediterranean body butter from Boots a wee while ago that cost me £6.00 and didnt last half the time that this bar lasts. The bar also comes completely naked. No fancy packaging to help George Bush on his quest to silence the world on environmental know-how. If you log onto the Lush website, youll be presented by a number of naked bottoms, as Lush Members of Staff got photographed in the nuddy to highlight the policy of little or no packaging on their goods. Literally. What a fantastic marketing ploy, but somehow I know its not just about marketing for them, because there is real belief behind it all, and thats what gets me back for more. If youre a Lush virgin, get yourself down to a shop, have a chat with one of the lovely staff-type people, who try all the products and really know their stuff, and do a bit of aroma/retail therapy. Itll do you good.
Right, having just devoured a beef slice adorned potato cake (yup, pregnancy is great, you can eat such unusual things and no-one seems to care!) Im off for my pre-bed foot rub. Aaaah.
Thank you for reading, Kate x
Just when I thought I was going to run out of Lush products to write about, I get a new package of delights and see they are all categorised on here waiting for me write about them.
However, this is a product with a difference, it isn't a Bubble Bar Bath Slice, a Lush Soap or a Bath Ballistic it is a massage bar and what's more you need to get yourself a man (or woman) to help you use it to make it much more fun than trying to massage your own shoulders, or even your own body....
If like me you have a stressful job and like nothing more than a sexy man to rub you down and knead away the tension then look no further.... no Steve is not available...but the Lush Therapy Bar is and all for £3.35. This soap is only available in one size, which is 65g.
The Therapy Bar resembles a piece of soap as the picture shows and to use it you pretty much mimic the actions of using a soap - to melt the bar you rub it between your hands which then loosens some of the calming essential oils and butters to enable you to massage much easier so that your fingers glide over the skin or as Lush suggest Rub the bar between your hands to melt the oils and butters until they are coated liberally, then apply them gently but firmly to a friend. Or even better, get a firm friend to apply them ever so slowly, thoroughly, luxuriously, insistently, gently and firmly to you - all over. It may be useful to note that whilst the butters and oils are greasy on the hands, it does melt into the skin really easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy.
As with all Lush products the smell is totally divine, using a combination of Lavender oils, Shea & Cocoa butter to smooth and soothe your skin. I didnt really know what Shea butter was, but after a little research I now know that Shea butter has soothing, moisturizing and protecting effects and has similar effects to cocoa butter in that it is good for dry skin, skin irritations and stretch marks to name a few. Whilst I was looking at that I also looked up Lavender Oil to be told that it is one of the most versatile and soothing oils known and wonderfully relaxing and its rejuvenating properties make it useful in skincare preparations. That information can be found using http://www.tisserand.com/products/oils.html.
The smell does linger for a good few hours after using and if like me you grow to love this product and use it rather frequently (or as frequently as you can get your other half to massage you) then you will find it does last a very long time. Lush estimate that using it three times a week on average it will last a good three months.
After using this my skin was left feeling totally moisturised and very soft and for those of you who want a full body massage, this product is safe to use on your whole body.
For those if you who have sensitive skin, again I also have extremely sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use, for example I am allergic to The Body Shop shower creams and gels, but with Lush I haven't had any problems whatsoever, so that means I can now become a Lush addict and try everything.
So would I recommend this product? I absolutely would without a shadow of a doubt. As someone who is addicted to Lush products I think it is only right and proper that you but something and try it to see what all the fuss is about, which is exactly what I did. Also as someone with super sensitive skin I would also suggest their products, but I would advise you to go onto their website and check the ingredients used, they are listed under each product so it is easy to find out and whats more, it is only £3.35 and it lasts a very long time. If you are not sure you like the sound of Lavender oils with Cocoa butter than worry not, there are plenty more to choose from, another thirteen to be exact.
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.
The one thing that I found really interesting when I read up about Lush as a company is that in most of their products they use real Jasmine Absolute Perfume, which I am told it is more expensive than gold, yet Lush products are sold at affordable prices so that the everyday person can treat themselves to such luxuries.
Melt the balancing lavender and relaxing neroli bar between your hands and give yourself a shoulder massage and these intensely calming essential oils will soothe your buzzing thoughts /