“ Brand: Lush / Type: Massage Bar „
WHAT IS IT?
A massage bar from Lush that was released for Valentines Day 2012. It is a small bar shaped like a small potion bottle featuring a love heart.
Love Potion has a fragrance that you have to get used to. When you first use it there's a citrus fragrance and it also has a soft spicy smell, it smells like cinnamon to me but my husband can't smell it at all. After the massage bar has warmed up it turns into a beautiful apple fragrance, crisp and sweet and very much like the smell of real apples.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Just warm the massage bar up in your hands and slide across the skin, it's more effective for a relaxing massage if you use the bar whole but you can warm it enough to get enough melted massage bar on your hands if you prefer that.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
It's very relaxing and the fragrance is good as you're massaging, the bar is small compared to other Lush massage bars so you have to find the technique of holding it so that enough is uncovered to make contact with the skin. My hands are small so it's comfortable for me but my husband has very large hands and cannot hold it properly.
It's very moisturising but the downside to this is that it feels oily as you're using it, the bar melts down quickly so I massage using the bar for a few minutes then put it down and use my hands because by then enough oil will have been deposited. I used it to massage my calves through the latter stages of my pregnancy and it was very soothing, my husband says its effective on an old lower back sports injury and asks me to massage this area at least weekly. We have not yet made use of its aphrodisiac properties but use it for a variety of aches and pains.
The smell doesn't last for long and that's a shame because the apple is so lively and fresh, my husband thinks it's sickly but I like it.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Lush is one of my favourite shops in the world. I go there for all of my bath and body needs. I also really look forward to when they launch their special edition ranges for special occassions such as Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. They always release nice, new bits and pieces which aren't around for long and tie in with the occassion.
The Love Potion massage bar was one of the limited edition items in this year's Valentine's range. The first thing that drew my attention to the massage bar was the shape. Usually with Lush, their massage bars tend to be oval and square shaped but this one was shaped like a little bottle and I just thought it was a great shape. I liked that the shape of the bar tied in with the name of the product. It is cream in colour with a little pink heart in the centre. The massage bar is a little bit smaller than all the other massage bars which I found a little bit cheeky seeing as Lush still wanted the usual £5.95 for it.
The massage bar is scented with a beautiful apple scent. To make this scent, Lush use the following ingredients: apple blossom, orris root, lemongrass, jasmine, carnation, bergamot and rose. For Lush fans, the scent is the same as Lush's Fizzbanger ballistic and the Gorilla Love perfume.
I found the massage bar to be very soothing and it left my skin feeling very soft and smooth. This particular massage bar did not leave me feeling greasy and I recently found out that it was because Lush used corn-flour in the ingredients which acts as an absorping agent. It really made a difference to me as I always rub a towel over myself after using one of the massage bars and I feel that by doing so I am rubbing away the essential oils. The scent from the massage bar does linger nicely and I can always smell it on my bed sheets the next day as I usually use massage bars just before bed.
I don't find the massage bar to do anything spectacular; for instance, Wiccy Magic Muscles relaxes me completely and really soothes my muscles but this one I feel is just one to make your skin nice and soft. I do prefer having my husband help me use the massage bar as it is easier and alot nicer than trying to do it yourself!
Definately a lovely product but it is now discontinued so your best place to get hold of one would be eBay or the Lush Forum. The biggest let down with this massage bar is the price.
One of the best products to ever come out of the whiffy shop known as Lush is their massage bars. Its been quite a while since I have bought one now and given my busy time at work is now at and end and I am well over due some me time and a few days off I decided to treat myself to a few products and within a couple of minutes I had been online and checked-out.
So why do I love the Lush massage bars? I simply think that they are a great product, they do exactly as they say they are going to do, whether that is relax you and take away the days stress or simply moisturise your skin to make it all soft supple and every Lush massage bar I have used to date has not left me disappointed. Oh and I forgot to add that because using a massage bar needs two people, it means I can be utter selfish and demand that him indoors massages my back and shoulders whilst I sit there and lap it all up.
The massage bar that I purchased on this occasion comes from the 'Last Chance To Buy' section on the website and is called 'Love Potion' and it retails at £5.95 for 50g, as with all massage bars they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and that means they also vary in price. However, this product was purchased online so it comes at the price it is set at online and it is more expensive than some products I have tried, but with the massage bars, I am willing to pay that little bit extra because I like them. The Massage bar came wrapped within a clear cellophane wrapper clearly displaying the Lush logo.
The 'Love Potion' bar is a creamy coloured bottle shaped massage bar and neatly placed in the middle of he bar is a pink coloured love heart, clearly to show that it is a 'love potion' hence the name of the product. So whilst it isn't overly decorative like similar products within the range, it does at least look like its name.
Using these massage bars is really easy and I was once given a demonstration in a Lush store as to how best to use them and since then I have always remembered that advice. To use your massage bar is really simple; you pretty much mimic the actions of using a bar of soap. To melt the bar you simply rub it between the palms of your hands, this helps to loosen the essential oils and butters (if you look at your hands they will appear slightly greasy) used within product to enable you to massage much easier so that your fingers glide over the skin. One tip however, whatever you do make sure the person massaging you has warm hands when they begin to massage you, there is nothing worse than a cold handed masseuse to make the shivers set in.
After using any of the massage bars you may need to towel off any excess oils because as good as it is at absorbing itself totally into your skin, I have always found there to be parts that have been missed and unless you want to leave any stains around your home, always double check that it has all been massaged into your skin or that you do towel yourself off afterwards for double checking.
With most massage bars they might not be the most attractive eye catching product in a Lush shop but I can guarantee you that you they all smell wonderful, infact I am yet to find a massage bar I don't like the smell of and this is no exception. Firstly there is a combination of both Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter, which form the basis of most massage bars and the reason is because they are known to moisturise the skin thoroughly to leave it feeling soft to the touch, smooth and supple and they are especially kind to people like me who suffer with sensitive skin because they do not bring about adverse reactions. The one reason that Lush use Cocoa Butter as the main ingredients for their massage bars is due to the fact that they it melts at just above body temperature which makes it much easier to use.
When it comes to further ingredients within this massage bar we have cornflour which was a bit of a surprise for me because I don't remember seeing it in any other Lush product, but the reason it is there is to absorb excess oils from your skin which then leaves you feel less greasy and oily and more moisturised and smooth. Then there is a whole long list of essential oils included with this massage bar, probably the longest list I have ever seen. Ylang-ylang oil which works well with the cornflour to balance out the secretion of sebum. Rose Absolute which like Lavender helps to calm and relax the mind whilst being a really good moisturiser to the skin and helping to keep it hydrated and it is said that Rose absolute is particularly beneficial for people with dry, mature and sensitive skin. Jasmine Absolute which is one of my favourite ingredients is used because I have a deeply soothing and calming nature and it helps to promote relaxation, ease muscle pain and reduce tension, stress and nervousness. There are also many other ingredients contained within this massage bar and they can be found at www.lush.co.uk
As for the smell, well there is a slight citrus tang which is evident if you smell the massage bar straight out of the wrapper, but as you rub it between your palms and the oils become loose there is a further scent of apple and that comes from the Apple Blossom which is also listed as an ingredient and it helps with moisturising the skin. I personally love the smell and it does linger on your body for a good few hours after using and for me the apple scent is wonderful.
To get a good use from this bar I would suggest massaging your body (or should I say, get a loved one to massage it for you) for a minimum of 30 minutes and in that time you can ensure your whole body has been thoroughly covered right down to your feet. After using this product I did find that my skin was feeling really soft and totally moisturised and had a healthy glowing effect. You can also use it in a morning or in the evening as a moisturising cream on areas of the body which are quite dry such as the elbows, knees and the shins because it works really effectively in this way and this is what I currently do, as well as using it as a massage bar. I also learn recently that if you cut a piece off your massage bar you can put it into your bath and use it as you would a Bath Melt and again the aroma is fantastic and you are left with lovely soft, smooth apple scented skin.
When it comes to storing the massage bar, I would suggest purchasing a massage bar tin to store it in because that helps to keep it fresh and prevents it from drying out. If you don't want to purchase the tin then I would suggest storing out of direct sunlight and somewhere cool.
So do I recommend this product? Well you won't be surprised to learn that I would recommend this bar to anyone who loves a good Lush product and even one that is quite ordinary looking. It does what it claims to do and is cheap for the length of time it seems to last, in my case a good few months and I use it a few times a week if I can get my own way and most importantly it really does help me relax and wind down after a stressful day or week in the office.
I hate Valentine's Day, but this doesn't stop me from trying all the lovely limited edition products that my favourite store Lush has to offer. This year I picked up a limited edition massage bar called Love Potion.
Love Potion is attractively shaped, made like a little bottle - a perfume bottle or, as the name suggests, a potion bottle - with a pink heart inside. It is smaller than other massage bars but it still fits inside the oval massage bar tin.
The massage bar is scented with the apple Love scent. This scent is available in perfume form from Lush's sister store Gorilla Perfumes. It is also the fragrance used to scent the Fizzbanger ballistic. The light apple scent is formed from apple blossom and orris root infusion, carnation, bergamot oil, jasmine absolute, lemongrass oil, rose absolute and ylang ylang oil. This produces a lovely, sweet apple-based scent.
Massage bars are intensely moisturising and this one is chiefly made up of cocoa butter and shea butter. This bar is a bit different - it also contains cornflour, which Lush state will absorb excess oils leaving skin non-greasy. The bar is suitable for vegans.
Massage bars can be used by two people, one performing a massage on another. I use them alone, as an intensive solid moisturiser. I have used this bar after a bath and also after an evening shower post-gym.
I rub the bar between my hands to melt it. This one takes a bit longer to melt than some other bars, which makes it last longer and feel less greasy. I rub my hands over my skin to apply and rub in the oils. It sinks in well and leaves my skin well moisturised without irritation.
After twenty minutes or so, when the oils and butters are absorbed, my skin feels soft and smooth but not greasy in the slightest. Lush have got it spot on with their inclusion of cornflour - it really helps with absorbing excess oils. Some massage bars can be slightly greasy but not this one. You could probably use it during the day, as the absorbent nature of the bar leaves it so non-greasy. My skin is also deliciously scented with the lovely citrusy apple fragrance, which revives, uplifts and calms me. I can't stop sniffing my arms when I use this product! The scent and moisturising effect lasts right up until the next morning.
Because I use this massage bar by myself as an intensive moisturiser, I use less than I might do if I was using it with a partner as a proper massage oil. Therefore I estimate I will get around 8 uses out of this bar, despite its small size. I do think it is expensive though for the price - £5.95 for 50g of product is a lot, particularly when you consider that most of the massage bars are priced at around this amount even though they are larger.
I've removed a star because of the price, but I do recommend this product and would consider purchasing another one before it vanishes. I suggest getting yourself down to Lush pronto if you fancy one, before it disappears!