“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Butter / What it does: Enricheses „
I have been a Lush fan for many years and one of my favourite products is Aqua Mirabilis. It can be brought either in Lush shops or on their websites and costs £5.95 for a 95g bar.
It is a solid exfoliating bar that you massage over wet skin in the bath or shower to remove dead skin cells and to moisturise. It is cream coloured and you can see the small pieces of ground almond shell which are used to exfoliate. It also contains cocoa butter and almond butter to moisturise. A full list of ingredients can be found on the Lush website.
After use you simply let the bar dry until your next use. If you prefer you can buy a storage tin from Lush to keep your bar in, however I tend to leave mine on the tiled side until it has dried and then put it away.
I find a bar will do at several applications. It makes me feel like I have had a spa treatment, my skin is soft and beautifully moisturised and I feel so relaxed. It has a very mild smell which is quite hard to describe -almost like biscuits but it is very subtle and pleasant.
I find this to be an excellent exfoliator and I like to use once a week to keep my skin in peak condition, my skin also tends to feel firmer after use.
I love this product it really is a great exfoliator.
As I have pale skin, I sometimes wear a bit of fake tan so that I have a bit of colour, especially if I am going somewhere special. After a few days the tan will start to get patchy and look bad so I need to use an exfoliator to get it all off. For this reason, I decided to give Aqua Mirabilis by Lush a try.
What does the product do?
The product is described by Lush as being an underwater miracle for your skin. It promises to remove the dead and dull cells on the top of the skin to reveal the new and healthy ones underneath leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. The product is completely natural using ground almond shells to perform the exfoliation and both almond butter and Cocoa Butter to hydrate and nourish the skin leaving it conditioned and healthy looking. Some sandalwood oil and rose absolute is included to give the product a relaxing fragrance and apparently to balance the emotions.
How do you use the product?
The product is packed full of butters so they will start to melt once they reach room temperature. You need to make your skin damp and then rub the bar over the skin on your body. You can apply different amounts of pressure according to how much you want to exfoliate. Once your done you can massage the product into the skin so that all the goodness moisturises your skin and then rinse the excess away. The product should be stored somewhere dark and cool so that it doesn't melt away.
Appearance and Price
You get a square of the product and it is beige in colour. You can see all of the ground almond shells within the product which are brown in colour and it is packed full of them! The product will cost you around £6 for 95 grams of the butter and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online website.
Application and Performance
The aroma is a strange one but I do like it. It smells of nuts and oats, almost like a hobnob biscuit but with a tiny citrus kick. It isn't particularly strong so it wouldn't be enough to put you off, even if the aroma isn't for you, but I think it's a nice fragrance to have in a product. The granules within the product are not overly hard or sharp so as to hurt the skin but they still get the job done. You can feel them as they are rubbed over your skin and the buttery part forms a subtle lather on the skin.
You will need to rinse the bits of shells off once your done. Because the consistency of the product, you do use a fair bit of it with each application so it's not going to last long. I've used this three times and it is well over half gone. When you get out of the shower, your skin does feel smother. It manages to remove some of my leftover fake tan and also any flaky or dry skin. It does leave the skin looking in a nice condition and my skin looks brighter. The aroma stays on the skin and the product didn't irritate my skin or make me feel uncomfortable. The product is a little bit moisturising but because of the way that it is used, not much of the moisture is held by skin. This results in me using a body butter after using this body butter!
All in all, I am happy with this product and it has left my skin brighter and smoother. It doesn't really do much in the way of a body butter so if you buy it for this purpose, you'll be disappointed. As an exfoliator however, it does do a good job and it leaves your skin smelling really nice. It is expensive for what it is and it doesn't last long so I probably wouldn't repurchase this again. That being said, I would happily receive one as a gift.
I'm a big fan of Lush and make no secret of this hence for my birthday this year I received lots of Lush goodies. One item I received was this Aqua Mirabilis Body Butter which came as a very pleasant surprise as it was the only Lush gift I received which I hadn't yet tried.
This body butter costs £5.95 per 95g block and is available from Lush stores or their website. The product is a solid, pale brown square with little ridges across the top and darker brown specks visible throughout which are clearly the exfoliating elements of the body butter.
This has quite a subtle yet pleasant scent to it which I will admit didn't thrill me at first. I usually use Lush's You Snap The Whip Body Butter as I just absolutely the love the strong and fruity blackcurrant scent it has, the scent of Aqua Mirabilis just seemed very underwhelming after experiencing this. In solid block form, before it's actually being used, Aqua Mirabilis doesn't have a scent I can really put my finger on. It's a very clean smell, a little soapy really with a slight hint of lemon which isn't strong enough for me to describe the scent as fruity. Whilst it isn't the most amazing smell in a Lush product, it is still nice and doesn't put me off using the body butter at all.
I was a little shocked the first time I found out what a Lush body butter was and how it was used. Prior to this, to me at least, body butter came in pot and was a thick, creamy, usually fruity scented product which was applied after a bath or shower to leave skin smelling nice and feeling moisturised. Lush clearly have different ideas as their body butters are not only solid chunks but are also used in the bath or shower rather than afterwards. Not only do they moisturise but they also exfoliate which is pretty handy!
Aqua Mirabilis is a vegan friendly product which is great. It uses cocoa butter and almond butter to leave skin feeling smooth and soft, ground almond shells to exfoliate dead skin cells away leaving skin looking bright and new and sandalwood oil to give it that fresh hint of lemon scent.
You use the body butter the same way you would use a bar soap, splash it under water and then rub over the body. As soon as you begin to this a much more powerful and nutty scent fills the bathroom. Once this is wet and in use a clearly detectable almond scent is released which is really nice combined with a hint of coca butter. The scent of this in use is much, much better than its solid, dry scent and quite surprisingly different too.
The body butter releases a creamy white lather when rubbed onto the body as well as plenty of little almond shells to thoroughly exfoliate the skin. The exfoliation this provides is rough enough to do a good job but not so much so that using this becomes uncomfortable or even painful.
I tend to rub the bar directly onto a small area of my skin and then use my hand to scrub away which helps the bar last longer. For instance, I'll rub the bar down my forearm and then rub this bit of product into the rest of that arm. A little goes along way with this so I really don't see the need to apply the bar directly to everywhere I want it to be applied; it'd be gone in no time if I did that! Using my method makes a bar last me around six uses which doesn't sound like a great amount of time but given I only tend to exfoliate my body once a week the bar does last over a month which I don't think is too bad.
The body butter is easily rinsed off of the skin too and the almond shells tend to be washed away down the plug with the water so there's no need to wash my bath out afterwards.
The results of using this are lovely. My skin is left looking refreshed, brighter and much healthier with that natural glow about it. I suffer a little with KP and this really helps those little spots on the tops of my arms look a lot less visible and all redness is completely taken out of them which is when I know they've been properly exfoliated! Skin is left feeling really soft and hydrated too and completely removes any need to moisturise after a bath or shower. I do, however, still sometimes add a little bit of almond moisturiser afterwards just to keep hold of that fresh, nutty scent on my skin. The scent of this one does linger but only very faintly so this method allows me to keep that scent for longer and stronger.
All in all I'd thoroughly recommend this product and will definitely be buying it again. It does an excellent job at moisturising and exfoliating and the fact it does this in one go makes my bath times a whole lot quicker.
Body care In General
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I have always tried to take care of my body, particularly my skin. I like to look my best anyway but I think this also stems from self-esteem and confidence issues, so I tend to make as much effort as I can with my body and appearance. I tend to use a wide range of different products such as moisturisers, lotions, scrubs and other beauty products and I tend to stick with one's that I find work well for me. An important part of looking after my body is moisturising and exfoliating which is an important thing to remember when applying fake-tan to give a streak free finish and natural looking tan. I have tried various body scrubs and whilst some of them feel as though they are working others can feel too harsh on my skin. I have been a fan of some of the products from lush for over 5 years now and tend to buy Buffy on regular occasions. It wasn't until recently that I also saw this product in store and an assistant told me about it that I decided to try it and give it a go to see how it was with my skin. It was also the perfect opportunity to write a new review as well.
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The product is called Aqua Mirabilis and is a Body Butter from Lush which can be used all over the body (not the face!). The product helps to scrub away dead, dry skin and leaves it feeling soft and silky smooth. The product contains cocoa butter and almond butter to make sure that your skin is fed and well moisturised. The butters helps to make your skin feel moisturised whilst the small granules of the ground almond shells buff away dry, dead skin for brighter, healthier looking skin. The product claims to leave you skin bright and moisturised without it feeling greasy. It has a light fragrance which works with the nutty smell of the bar. The fragrance includes sandalwood as it is emollient and soothing on the skin and the Turkish rose absolute helps to improve the skins appearance. The product comes in a square shape which is a biscuity brown colour, you can see the grains within the actual bar, however the top and bottom of the bar feel very smooth and look slightly shiny. The top of the bar is textured slightly whilst the bottom of the bar is just flat and very smooth.
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I purchased a 95g bar from my local Lush store for £5.95, this does seem to go up in price every year, however I do have a lot of faith in Lush products so I was willing to give it a try. You can also purchase this from the Lush website which is www.lush.co.uk. I have purchased other body scrubs before which have cost slightly more than this so I wasn't actually too bothered with the price so long as it was going to work well.
Using the Product
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How to use the product: Smooth the bar directly over clean, wet skin, in the bath or shower. Have one final dip, and then you are ready to hop out and dry off, all polished and buff.
I don't have a very good shower so have to use this product whilst in the bath (I much prefer showers!). I stood up in the bath and took the bar from the Lush tin I purchased to keep it in. Using gentle circular movements I rubbed the over my body starting on the arms, I ensured I paid extra attention to the elbows where dry skin can sometimes occur. As I rubbed the bar over my body I could feel the ground almond shells which felt slightly rough on the skin but wasn't too harsh or scratchy. I then rubbed the bar over the rest of my body, again using circular movements to get a really good exfoliation. The product has a very light smell to it which I presume must be the sandalwood smell. The smell of the product wasn't too strong and smelt quite nice. When I got to my legs I again paid extra attention to my knees where dry skin may occur. After using the product I put it back into the tin and lay down in the bath again to wash the product off. As I lay in the bath I rubbed my skin with my hands to ensure all the grains and other parts of the bar were removed. As I was doing this it made the water turn into a white cloudy colour. I then simply got out of the bath and patted my skin dry.
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After patting my skin dry I felt my arms and my legs and I was surprised at how smooth and soft they felt. They felt so moisturised and smooth. I could still smell the product, how-ever only very slightly and this was bound to disappear when I applied some of my body lotion. I was really impressed with the results from the first time I used the product and knew this would be a product that I would continue to use. I have now used the product a few times and I think my skin feels and looks a lot better than it did before. I feel as though my skin is getting a really good exfoliation, and after getting out the bath my skin feels so soft. The thing I love about the product is that although my skin feels soft and smooth, there is no greasy residue left on my skin after using the product.
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This is another great product from Lush which I highly recommend to others. As the product comes in a bar it's so simple and easy to use and it's also really easy to grip. I much prefer this than using scrubs that you purchase in tubs as it's often hard to unscrew the lids when you've got wet hands, how-ever with the bar you don't need to worry about this as it's going to get wet anyway. I have used the product quite a few times and there's still at least half a bar left so I do think the product is longer lasting than some of these body scrubs that are available to buy. I love the light smell to the product and love the fact that it's not overpowering or too strong. Although I have sensitive skin the product was really kind to my skin and didn't cause any irritation. The grains in the bar are good enough to exfoliate but are also gentle so it doesn't scratch your skin or leave it feeling sore. In terms of value I don't really mind paying this much for a good product that actually works. I don't think the price of the product is actually that bad anyway and I don't think it's overpriced either. I highly recommend this product to others and I guarantee you will be impressed with the results.
(review also on ciao)
I'm a fan of all things Lush every time I enter their store I cant help buying something or many things! One of my gripes with Lush is they have a habit of removing items from their shelves without much warning. If you are lucky they come back as a retro item but the unlucky part is that they tend to be more expensive and only available online. However, Lush do remove items, reformulate them and put them back on their wooden shelves/ stands and if you're very very lucky they keep the old item and bring out a new version of the old one! Still following?!
One of my indulgences would be Aqua Mirabilis I can't get enough of its sweet, nutty aroma. It started life as a luxury bath melt which was and still is miniscule but it was adored by many. Lush decided a few years ago to reformulate it and turn it into a body butter meaning that it would be far bigger than the luxury bath melt. All Lush did was simply replace the apricot kernel oil with almond butter which gives it that nutty/ sweet fragrance. This biscuit coloured square bar is not something to be overlooked as it really does contain some wonderful ingredients.
For me Aqua Mirabilis is a great body butter as it is full of exfoliating ground almond shells which as a dry skin sufferer this is great as they are gentle enough but they do a fantastic job of getting rid of those horrible dead skin cells and the skin nourishing almond butter and cocoa butter do a great job of moisturising the skin after exfoliation. For anyone who knows Lush if you think of Honey I Washed The Kids soap it has a similar fragrance (think toffee).
So what makes this body butter spa treatment worthy?! Almond butter was the replacement ingredient in this body butter and is known to give the skin a silk like feel due to its moisturising and softening qualities. Lush claim that "in our Aqua Mirabilis body butter, the almond butter softens and polishes the skin" - I think they are spot on! Cocoa Butter is added to its rich base and the fact that it is great at moisturising dry and dehydrated skin. It reacts well with body temperature and as soon as it gets warm it melts into your skin, leaving no residue behind. Ground almond shells do a fantastic job as an exfoliant as they are finely ground they are gentle enough to get rid of dead skin cells. Just don't scrub too hard!
The fragrance of this bar is truly scrumptious, I never seem to get bored of the sweetness and nor would I want to! The fragrance is actually quite simple and is made up of rose absolute and sandalwood oil. Rose has quite a complex aroma which is sweet and floral. It's known for its stress relieving properties, known to calm and cure! And of course it is a symbol of love. It is also great for moisturising skin another bonus! Sandalwood oil joins rose as a base note with its warm, rich aroma. Sandalwood is an effective emollient which is useful in this bar as it's softens and soothes skin, ideal for people like me with dry skin.
I tend to use this body butter after a bath or shower but of course you can use it whenever you want. For me it seems that this is the time that my skin is at its driest. Especially if I've used a product which exfoliates. Aqua Mirabilis goes on smooth and because of reacting with my body temperature it melts easily and is absorbed instantly into the skin. Sometimes though I have found a bit of residue but this just requires a further rub to ensure it's absorbed other than that this bar does work wonders and I've found that my skin stays moisturised for hours and best of all its smooth thanks to the almond shells. It is certainly far cheaper than a spa treatment! Because of the gentleness of this product its suitable for all skin types even with sensitive skin as the ingredients are great emollients and moisturisers, don't be put off by the scent as the perfume oils are actually working with you not against you! For me it is nice to find an exfoliating product which isn't harsh on the skin as some feel like your using a stone to get rid of dead skin cells, however in Aqua Mirabilis they are fine enough for you to notice them but not big enough to be unpleasant!
What Lush say:
" Give your skin a shower massage. Helen Ambrosen, product inventor, created a cocoa and almond butter mixture of perfect consistency to moisturize your skin without leaving it feeling greasy."
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Almond Butter (Prunus dulcis), Laureth 4, Ground Almond Shells (Prunus dulcis), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Perfume
£5.00 per 95g bar
Overall, this bar really does the job on tackling dry skin and gives it a healthy, nourished glow. Only downside is that it melts quickly so don't be too heavy handed with it or else you will find yourself with a fast disappearing bar!
As the other two reviewers have stated, Aqua Mirabilis isn't your 'usual' body butter in which you just slather it on the skin after getting out of the bath/shower. This one is designed to actually be used in the bath/shower on your damp skin and to be washed off again. The butter costs £5.00 for a 95g block.
Aqua Mirabilis is made up of cocoa and almond butter to really add that moisture back into your skin, but as well as this, it also contains ground almond shells to gently exfoliate at the same time. It has a deep biscuitty scent, with a slight nutty hint to it too. Upon first smell, I wasn't keen on it, as I was expecting it to smell very almondy and sweet, but the cocoa butter and sandalwood and rose oils add a sophisticated twist to the butter.
I had previously used Buffy, and remembered how I had managed to use the whole block in about 3 washes and really wasn't impressed, so i've got to admit I didn't really have high hopes for Aqua Mirabilis as I thought it would be the same. In an attempt to make the block last, I cut it in half horizontally, then proceeded to cut the two halves 2 by 2, leaving me with 18 small squares.
I used the first square in the shower after washing my hair. I find that stepping out of the direct stream of water is easiest, as the butter tends to disappear quickly if in contact with the running water. It went on my skin extremely easily, I massaged it all over in circular motions and the almond shells had just the right amount of scrubbyness to use all over. The small square of Aqua Mirabilis was enough to cover the whole of my body and the smell that I previously wasn't keen on wasn't too powerful once on the skin. Due to the moisturising butters, the almond shells didn't just 'fall' off my body like some scrubs would, and I was able to massage the scrub in even more after finishing the square off. After washing it off, I was left with extremely soft skin, with a nice 'warm' aroma left on my skin (that I actually very much liked), and nothing too greasy. The butter provided enough moisture that I didn't feel the need to use a moisturiser after the shower, which saved me time. When I was dry, there was little to no scent left on my skin, which would probably be a negative point for other, but was quite positive for me.
Overall, I feel that this bar, after splitting it into 18 sections, is fantastic value for money. It feels so much more sophisticated than the other scrubs on the market, and leaves me with soft, velvety skin every time. I will definitely be picking another one up when I run out.
Lush Body Butters are intended to be used in the bath or shower, and are not your typical body butter which is a jar of thick moisturising cream that you apply to dry skin. This one in particular is intended for exfoliating and hydrating the skin at the same time. It is a vegan product and contains cocoa and almond butters as the base ingredients.
It comes as a solid block that contains lots of small particles for exfoliating. The shape is easy to grip and use even in a steamy bathroom, but it warms to the touch and can melt easily, so it is best to store it in a cool place and preferably in one of Lush's body butter tins. You will receive a free body butter tin if you buy any 2 body butters at the same time, or they are available to buy separately at a cost of £2.95.
When dry the bar has a pleasant nutty smell. It contains sandalwood and rose oils, but I could not pick these out so much, it overwhelmingly smelt of nuts probably due to the almond butter, and almond shell particles which form the scrub. The smell, although not particularly strong on its own became very overpowering when I used it in the bath, and actually went as far as to make me feel nauseous. It was an extremely unpleasant experience and I cannot say why it varies so much from being dry to wet.
Aside from my problem with the smell, I found that it easy to use the whole bar and rub it gently along my skin to spread the butter evenly. Make sure that your skin is damp not soaking, and do not submerge the bar into water, it will just dissolve away. Once the oils are melting onto your skin this releases the ground nut shells which you can then use your hands to scrub with. It is best to work your fingertips in small circular motions to get the most out of the scrubbing. My skin felt nice and smooth, oily whilst in the bath, but plush and nourished for hours afterwards. The moisturising effects did not last for a whole day but the exfoliating was extremely effective and my skin felt a lot smoother. I achieved quite a vigorous level of exfoliation without having any problems with sensitivity or flare-ups.
I stuck with the bar because of the positive effects and managed to get four full body scrubs, and a couple of applications to my feet, before I encountered another problem. There was a very small amount of the bar left, I'd estimate at 1/5 or so, and when I opened my body butter tin to use it I discovered that the body butter had grown a large layer of mould covering all the sides! I do not know exactly why this happened, it's possible that the bar could have been a bit damp before putting it away, or that the natural ingredients were simply breaking down, or maybe it was too warm where I was storing it. However I had had enough by this point and just threw the last of the bar away before giving my tin a darn good clean! I haven't had this problem with other body butter bars, and think I will just count this as a product that doesn't suit me. I hope others have better luck with it!
Aqua Mirabilis was the first Body Butter I tried. I bought this one and You Snap the Whip in order to get a free body butter tin, but thought I'd give this one a go first. One bar cost £5 from Lush.
Aqua Mirabilis has been described as Lush's 'spa in a bar'. It contains cocoa butter and almond butter, as well as sandalwood oil and rose absolute. Ground almond shells provide exfoliation.
The bar is square with a criss-cross pattern and is light brown in colour, with darker bits (the almond shells). It can be kept in the massage bar tin when not in use. The smell was amazing - just like biscuits! Before using it I kept it in my bedroom for a week or so and kept sniffing it all the time.
I wasn't sure whether to keep the bar whole or cut it into cubes, as I'd heard that it lasted longer that way. However, I decided to use this one whole as I thought it would be easier to use.
After showering as normal, I turned off the shower, picked up the bar and used it to exfoliate all over. The almond bits exfoliated well but not harshly - I was able to use the bar all over my body without it being too rough. The oils of the bar melted and covered my skin as well.
After covering my body with the bar, I put it back into the tin and used my hands to rub the oils in and exfoliate further, in the hope that this would increase the effect! I also noticed that the smell had changed - the bar mixed with the water smelled just like the seaside! In fact, if I hadn't known that the ground bits were almonds, I would have sworn they were sand.
I turned the shower on again and washed everything off. It was slightly annoying that the gritty bits took ages to get off, but I'm more inclined to blame the remarkable lack of water pressure in the shower rather than the product itself. Once I'd had my shower I got out and dried.
I was very impressed with the results. My skin felt really soft and exfoliated, and pretty moisturised. In fact, the only parts I needed to use body lotion on were my lower legs (which are always the driest part). I could still smell the bar too, though the scent didn't overpower the perfume I put on.
I've used this bar around 9-10 times and it still has a use or two left in it. I'm not sure why it's lasted so long - possibly because I don't keep exfoliating with the bar - I rub it over once and then use my hands to massage the almond bits. Also, I make sure the shower is turned off before I use it (if you have a shower head in the bath you could probably get away with going down the other end).
I'm really impressed with this body butter and I'm a real convert to the concept. I think they will be ideal for summer when I will be applying suntan lotion - I get really bored with putting body lotion on, waiting for it to sink in then applying suncream, but I have to do it otherwise my skin is too dry. However, I'm sure if I used this body butter in the shower I wouldn't have to apply body lotion before using the suncream. It would be handy for people who are in a rush in the morning and don't want the hassle of waiting for body lotion to dry before getting dressed.
I definitely recommend this product and I'm excited about trying others in the range. I already have You Snap the Whip so I'll start there!