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Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub

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Brand: Lush / Solid Scrub / Type: Body Scrub / What it does: Exfoliates,

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      18.07.2013 15:11
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      A sugar scrub that comes seasonally from Lush

      Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Scrub

      This is one of the seasonal products that appear around Christmas every year or so. Unlike the other sugar scrubs this comes in a package with a plastic over lid and card bottom with all the product information on the cardboard part.

      I got mine as part of a bulk purchase through a seller on ebay but have had them before direct from Lush. They are quite pretty with a hint of pink around the Fairy emblem embossed on the top fading to yellow at the base. For Lush aficionados this is the same size as their sugar scrub and sells for around the same price when it is around.

      WHAT LUSH SAY

      "This scrubber was inspired by the Tchaikovsky ballet. When Helen was inventing, she thought that plum kernel oil would work a treat because it moisturises the skin and makes it feel silky smooth and adds an almondy scent to the product."

      HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR FAIRY

      This scrub is scrubby because of the sugar in it. Obviously sugar dissolves in water so if you use the scrub whole you will be left with a handful of dissolving scented sugar which becomes useless after a while. I find that the best way is to dampen it then break off a small amount wet it until it become soft then scrub using this. If I need more I break a bit more off and repeat. I store what is left over in an old Lush pot or in a separate soap dish and it keeps reasonably for a week or so this way.

      WHAT DOES A FAIRY SMELL LIKE?

      This has not got a strong scent but does smell subtly sweet and orangey with a hint of almond and creaminess. It has also got vetivert in it but I have to be truthful and say it eluded me in this one and vetivert usually is pretty obvious. It is pleasant but not a product that I would buy for its scent alone. I prefer the scent of the original green sugar scrub that is around all year long.

      WAHT ELSE DOES THE FAIRY HAVE IN IT?

      Well apart from sugar for its scrubbiness it has bicarbonate of soda for softening the water and giving a creamy feel while using it. It also has cream of tartar, I have no idea why but in recipes it gives a creamy consistency in sugary things so maybe that is the job it does here. There is also  Plum Kernel Oil  which adds to the moisturising element of this scrub which I do like.

      The scent comes from Vetivert Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Gardenia Extract and Orange Blossom Absolute all nice and natural and combining to give the sweet creamy aroma albeit it subtly in this.

      Not so great we have Sodium Laureth Sulfate,  Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine and Titanium Dioxide all of which are dubious in their safety. I would suggest if you have concerns about any that you do your own research into these. The Titanium Dioxide is there as it makes the sugar crystals shine like diamonds as it is so white and clear.

      There are also colours in this product too which you can check if you are concerned or allergic to these.

      If this had been a product from anywhere else I would not necessarily comment of the preservatives etc but as Lush claim to be all natural I do think they should look into these questionable ingredients and the use in their products.

      Having said this the product is of course not tested on animals not are any of the ingredients and it is Vegan friendly too.

      HOW DOES A FAIRY SCRUB UP THEN?

      This is a good scrub if somewhat too scrubby at times. I found I had to crush mine up a bit as some of the sugar crystals were rather too sharp and crispy. When I got my mixture to the right consistency it worked very well, gave a nice scent and also because of the plum kernel oil in this I like the feeling of gentle moisturising I get from using this. My skin feels softer, smoother, more enlivened yet not at all tight and dry. When I get out and dry myself I feel really clean and toned as well as soft and moisturised.

      RECOMMENDED?

      Yes I think it is a nice scrub but I wouldn't get too disappointed if it didn't return as I love the other sugar scrubs made by Lush. At Christmas they produce different ones such as the Srcubby Santa, the Igloo and of course you can buy the green Sugar scrub year around and in my humble opinion that smells the best of the lot.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

      ©Catsholiday

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        15.11.2011 19:46
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        An awesome wee scrub :)

        Sugar Plum Fairy was a Christmas Limited Edition solid sugar scrub made by Lush. Unfortunately, they haven't brought it back this year. Let's hope they will next year, as it was gorgeous!

        Lush have two solid sugar scrubs that are all-year-round products (Sugar Scrub and Sugar Babe) both of which I find scratch the heck out of my skin. However, Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub didn't do this at all.

        It's a little semi-sphere shaped lump of yellow and pink sugar. Yellow mainly, with pink on the top with a little fairy/angel shape on top. I didn't find it had much of a scent, but what I could smell of it was a sweet scent - obviously, I guess!

        To use it, you either rub the whole thing directly onto wet skin or, as I did, break it up in a storage container and take little pieces out as necessary. Either way, wet your skin and then rub this in. It exfoliates beautifully and works especially well to prep your legs for shaving.

        It's main function is as an exfoliating scrub, and it does this job amazingly well, leaving your skin lovely, smooth and buffed. However, all the beautiful oils etc. in it mean that it also leaves skin supple and moisturised and without the sore red bits/scratches I tend to get with sugar scrubs.

        All in all, this was a fabulous product and I'm a bit sad that they chose not to bring it back this year.

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        01.02.2011 12:43
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        An effective yet moisturising sugar scrub

        As part of Lush's Christmas 2010 range there was a limited edition sugar scrub released. I like Lush's other two sugar scrubs, named simply A Sugar Scrub and A Sugar Babe, so was anxious to try this one.

        Sugar Plum Fairy smells and looks delicious! It is a half sphere shape, coloured bright pink and yellow, with an angel shape pressed into the top. The scrub smells lovely - sweet and fruity, very girly. It is meant to smell like the Fairy Jasmine and Christmas Carol ballistics, but I found it to smell more like plums and less like jasmine.

        The scrub is suitable for vegans and contains plum kernel oil. This oil contains oleic acid which is supposed to be good for dry skin. The product is supposed to moisturise skin, making it silky smooth, and adds an almond-like fruity scent. The greatest ingredient is Fairtrade British sugar which contributes to the scrubbing action!

        Just by touching this scrub I could tell that it was softer than the other sugar scrubs. It was easy to break a piece off and crumble it in my hand. I used it in the shower and found it to be tough enough to scrub well yet it didn't scratch or irritate. This is important as I do have sensitive skin, yet I like a scrub to perform well to keep my skin soft and smooth. I used the scrub on my legs and arms at first but later felt able to use it on other areas.

        One of the reasons I like using sugar scrubs is that the sugar will eventually dissolve in the water. My parents never used to let me use other kinds of scrubs (the sort containing grains or seeds) when I was younger in case I blocked the drains! I'm not sure if this is something that can actually happen, or if my parents were just being paranoid, but at least using this scrub they can't tell me off and I know for certain there won't be any problems!

        The scrub formed a slight lather on application to the skin, and it also looked and felt quite creamy, making it an effective cleanser. The smell was even nicer in the shower, and it lingered on my skin afterwards. After the first use I noticed that my skin felt noticeably softer and smoother, but the scrub hadn't dried it out at all - in fact my skin felt very soft, suggesting that the plum kernel oil had worked its magic!

        The only problem I had with this scrub is that I made the mistake of leaving it in a wet soap dish and, being a softer scrub than usual, it partly dissolved. I would recommend leaving it in a dry place and breaking off a small amount to take into the shower. I won't deduct any stars for this, as if you're reading this review, you'll know about this, and won't be affected by this problem if you get hold of the scrub!

        The price of this scrub is £1.95 - a very reasonable price, the lowest of all the sugar scrubs. If you only use a small piece each time, the scrub should last a month or two.

        I absolutely loved this scrub. It smells yummy, lasts ages, is cheap and works very effectively as a scrub while also moisturising skin. I definitely recommend it and only hope it comes back next year!

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          27.01.2011 11:38
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          Scrub up with a Sugar Plum Fairy

          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 Sugar Plum Fairy sugar scrub is one of the Christmas range bath products which was released winter 2010 and can be bought from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. I treated myself to one when I was in my local Lush store buying Christmas presents!

          Product description: "Even fairies need to exfoliate. Get sugary soft skin in the shower."

          Sugar Plum Fairy is one of Lush's solid sugar scrubs, and in my opinion they are a fantastic idea. I have used the standard range ones previously and treated myself to this limited edition one from last Christmas. They are basically a solid block of sugar particles mixed with other lovely ingredients to exfoliate your body with. They have a rounded dome shape with a flat base, and this one has the shape of a fairy raised up from the surface. It has a very pretty appearance and the colours are sweet and girly, with the bottom half being a creamy yellow colour, and the top half being a candy pink colour. It has a delicious sweet scent which has a fruity element to it, although I'm not sure I would be able to recognise the scent of a plum! Still, I like the name of the product and it does indeed contain Plum Kernel Oil.

          Directions for use:
          1. Get your body nice and wet in the bath or shower.
          2. Smooth your scrub all over, rubbing harder on the rough parts. Scrub with the whole thing or break off a piece.
          3. Rinse off.

          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 Sugar Plum Fairy is that it gives a precise abrasive scrub, but does not cause skin to become dry or irritated. The rounded shape makes it easy to hold within your palm, and I prefer to rub the whole block over my skin. This is the best way to use it in the beginning, but after using it several times and keeping it in my bathroom it did get a little damp and started to go a bit mushy and fall apart. After it had softened it was then easier to break a small section off and rub this directly over my skin. I really like the feel of the sugar granules against my skin, as they feel like they are having an immediate effect and it scrubs up really well. The only problem is that some of the grains can be quite sharp and I have scratched myself on a couple of occasions when using this. Take a little extra care and this should avoid any marks or scratches.

          As well as giving my skin a boost from exfoliating, this sugar scrub also leaves my skin with a gorgeous silky feeling. As soon as I start to rub the scrub onto my skin it releases lots of oils which then coat the skin and protect it. This soaks in after a short while and feels very nourishing and hydrating. This is great as it balances out the potential drying effect from exfoliating and makes sure that even my difficult areas are left in great condition. I got a good level of use from this sugar scrub, it lasted me around four weeks with using it at least 2-3 times a week. Another good point is that as this is a solid product it does not require any packaging so there is less waste and you are not paying for any excess. This can be a bit problematic when you come to store it in-between uses, so I recommend keeping it on a soap dish, or using one of Lush's body butter or shampoo bar tins to keep it fresh.

          Sugar Plum Fairy is an all round good performer with a lovely scent, moisturising properties and provides an excellent intensive scrub. I really had great results after using this product and was glad to have bought one while they were still in the shops. This works out as a good value product for the amount of use I got from it, and I think I will have to replace it with one of Lush's other sugar scrubs now that this one has run out.

          This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!

          Ingredients: Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Styrax Resinoid, Vetivert Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Plum Kernel Oil, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

          {review also posted to ciao under my username zombieflesh}

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