“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Butter / What it does: Smoothes, „
Whenever I have a bath or a shower and have dried myself, I tend to use a body butter or some form of moisturiser on my skin to ensure it stays soft and smooth. The products usually are Soap & Glory or something from Lush because I like them and at the moment this is no exception.
Lush have two options when purchasing a product, you can either buy something from one of their many stores or you shop online. At the moment I have favoured shopping online because a lot of my favourite products have ended up in the 'Retro' section where they can only be purchased online.
Schnuggle is my current favourite product, sold by Lush and found in the retro section on the website. It is a body butter which is marketed as follows "When you've had a busy day it can sometimes be hard to unwind, but here's a wonder bar that will soften and moisturise your skin while leaving it with a soft, relaxing fragrance that'll have you nodding off as soon as your head hits the pillow" which sounds absolutely wonderful and even though you can only buy it online which means you are unable to smell it before buying, I didn't hesitate to purchase it because you never know when it will end up in the 'Last Chance to Buy' section of Lush which is what happens to products eventually to make way for newer ones. You can also find this product under 'Body Butters' on the main Lush website for the time being.
To look at Schnuggle is a square shaped white block which is neither exciting nor enticing and if you put it alongside other products it wouldn't win an award for being eye-catching, retro or an interesting shape but if you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, then should you judge a Lush product? Whilst it is square shaped it does fit into the palm of your hand and is similar in size to some of the lumps of soap you can get. There are no special patterns etched into this body butter, nor is there are petals or other hidden things found within, what you see is what you get.
The one thing I liked about this body butter then it did arrive was the fragrance which becomes evident as soon as you unwrap it from its cellophane wrapper. The first smell you get is Lavender Oil which is a relaxing scent and one that I have grown to really like and an ingredient I associate with relaxation and sleep aid, not surprising that is its main function in most product and this one is no exception. Next comes ginger oil, not a favourite smell of mine and thankfully not one which is too overpowering it puts me off wanting to use this product, but it does help to soothe aching muscles. Sandalwood Oil also features and it works well with Lavender Oil because it too hosts relaxing properties which helps you to de-stress, sooth tension and on the skin it really effective at relieving dehydrated skin leaving it soft and smooth. The final two ingredients to mention within a really long list are Chamomile Oil which again promoted a calming effect on the mind helping you to wind down and relax but again, on the skin it helps to calm red, dry and irritated skin so if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis it helps soothe and heal. Jasmine Oil similar to Chamomile with what it does for your skin and especially so if you have greasy oily skin and similar to Sandalwood and Lavender oils it helps to relax and soothe the mind. Add all of those ingredients together and it is no wonder Lush state this relaxing fragrance will leave you ready for a good nights sleep whilst have lovely soft soothe and moisturised skin.
If you are not familiar with body butters you might wonder what the hell they are and how you use them and the way I tend to use them is in the exact same way I would use a massage bar. Once you have dried off your wet skin from either your bath and shower, this is the best time to use a product like this, you simply rub it between the palms of your hands as though as is a bar of soap and as soon as your hands begin to warm up, using through the rubbing actions of this in your hands, the essential oils which are combined to make this product are released and on your hands which makes them feel greasy and then as you massage this onto your skin you should notice how quickly it absorbs into your skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. The one thing which surprised me the most was how greasy my hands were until I massaged my arms, legs and body which instantly soaked up the essential oils and I was left with lovely soft, smooth and moisturised skin which smelt wonderfully of Lavender which for me was the dominant fragrance with tones of jasmine and chamomile if you smell it closely enough and yes there is a slight hint of ginger but as I mentioned it isn't too overpowering.
Within an hour of using this product I was ready for bed, one of the results of using Lavender for me is the feeling of sleepiness and whenever I use a product which contains Lavender I have no problems going to sleep and having a lovely restful sleep and it is something I like to use in a lot of the products I buy, especially if I am suffering from insomnia.
So the downsides to this product - it is quite expensive and for a 90g block you can find yourself paying £8.95 that said, depending on how often you use it, which might not be every night, depends on how long it will last. I currently use this product once a week and if I continue to use it at this rate it will last me 2-3 months if not longer and for me that is quite a long time to be using a product and I am quite happy with it. I keep mine stored in my massage bar tin which is currently not being used and in doing so keeps this product nice and fresh smelling. So this is for me, a product I would gladly use time and time again and I hope Lush don't send it to the 'Last Chance to Buy' section and eventually discontinue it because I really like it.
I love body butters and in my opinion it's the more the merrier with regards to my collection of them. I have my favourites but I am always trying new ones and my newest addition to my bathroom is the rather delightfully named Schnuggle Body Butter by Lush.
What does the product do?
The main purpose of this body butter is to moisturise the skin and to leave it feeling beautifully soft and smooth. The secondary purpose of the product is to help you unwind after a busy day with its relaxing fragrance which has been created using essential oils.
How does it work?
The product contains Cocoa Butter which is ones of nature's greatest moisturisers and it hydrates the skin deeply. It melts when it reaches body temperature which is the key to how this product works and the butter nourishes and strengthens the skin. The product also contains Kaolin which is more commonly found in facial masks and its purpose here is to absorb the excess oils from the skin after use in order to leave you with a soft yet oil free surface. The herbal within the product are calming ingredients which helps to relax the mind.
The aroma of the product has been created using the essential oils of Lavender, Ginger, Sandalwood, Chamomile and Ginger to completely relax the mind at bedtime. The overriding scent in my opinion is Lavender and the product smells very herbal. It really isn't the sort of scent that I would normally ever choose but it definitely is very relaxing and it does get you ready for bed.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used on the body straight after showering or bathing on skin that has been cleansed. It can be a little messy to use so I use it in the bathroom to cut down on the mess. You need to hold the product in your hands for a few seconds and as it reaches body temperature, it begins to melt. You then smooth the product over the skin and massage it in. The product is not to be used on the face and it needs to be stored something cool and dry so that it doesn't melt. It can be used as often as required and it can be used morning or night but obviously due to the nature of the product, it is better when used in the night time.
Packaging and Price
The butter comes in solid squares which a criss cross pattern on top. It has a lovely creamy colour and it looks a little bit like white chocolate. The product is expensive as is all of Lushes products and it will cost you around £8 for 90 grams of the butter. It is only available from the Lush website as I don't think you can get it from your local Lush store which seems a bit silly to me.
Application and Performance
The product can be messy to use but it becomes easier with practise. It glides across the skin and is easily absorbed. It does hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling suprising silky and soft. The results are long lasting and my skin still feels nice in the morning and it looks in a good condition. It isn't really hydrating enough to banish the dryness on my knees and ankles but it does improve them a bit. Nevertheless, I wouldn't recommend this for those with dry skins. This butter doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy like the other solid butters by Lush and simply leaves a sheen on the skin.
This is handy because I use it just before bed and I have silky bedsheets which wouldn't mix too well with oils. The scent of the product is completely relaxing and gets you good and ready for bed. The product is gentle on the skin and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, even straight after shaving. The product isn't going to be long lasting as I've only used mine a handful of times and I've already made a significant dent in it so I'm saving it now for special occasions or for when I've had a particularly busy day.
All in all, this is a lovely and relaxing body butter that is perfect for hydrating the skin and calming the mind. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth without leaving it feeling greasy. I don't think it's hydrating enough for those with dry skin, and it's expensive and not very long lasting but none of these negatives would prevent me buying this product again because I think it serves its purposes very well.
If you read my reviews regularly you'll know that I am a massive fan of the shop Lush. I've tried loads of their in-store products and in the last few months have moved on to their Retro range, which is made up of products which have been discontinued from the main range and are yet too popular to get rid of completely. Retro is only available online and Schnuggle is the only body butter to belong to the Retro range. As I'd already tried the others, this seemed like an ideal one to pick.
Schnuggle, as the name suggests, is designed as a relaxing, sleep-inducing body butter for night time. It is square in shape, like most of the other body butters, meaning it fits inside the square tin (although, as Schnuggle belongs in the Retro section which mostly contains massage bars, if you buy it plus any other massage bar you'll get a free massage bar tin, which is oval, and inside which this product does not fit. This is slightly annoying, unless you're like me and already have a collection of body butter tins!).
The body butter is creamy white in colour, and is made up, in bulk, of cocoa butter, like other body butters available. Unlike them, however, Schnuggle also contains absorbent cornstarch to produce a non-greasy feel. The other ingredients include lavender oil, ginger oil, sandalwood oil, chamomile oil and jasmine absolute which are designed to help you get a good night's sleep. The product is suitable for vegans.
On first seeing the product, I thought it resembled other body butters in the shape and criss-cross pattern across the top. However, I thought it was less greasy to the touch than other body butters from Lush. Naturally I wasn't going to use it in the morning, so I decided to use it to moisturise after my post-gym evening shower.
To use a body butter you are supposed to use it on damp skin in the shower after washing, and then rinse it off before leaving the shower - you should be left with soft, moisturised skin. I found that using this body butter was quite difficult - I had to rub my skin quite hard as the moisturising oils didn't come off as well as I had hoped. In fact when I got out of the bath my skin wasn't as moisturised as I had expected and I had to apply a little moisturiser. On the plus side, the lavender scent was obvious, calming and relaxing, and my sensitive skin wasn't irritated in any way by the product.
Looking at the product page on the Lush website, I then noticed that the product can be used like a massage bar, rubbed over damp skin after a shower. I decided to try this and although the product was more difficult to melt than most massage bars, it worked much better this way. Body heat, especially after a shower, does help to melt these things! I have noticed that if I leave the bar a couple of days it does seem to have dried out, but warming it between your hands causes it to melt much better and provide a moisturising effect.
On balance, I do recommend this product. It is relaxing and ideal to use before bedtime - I always do feel much more sleepy after using it, even though showers don't usually produce this effect on me (unlike baths!). It can be slightly difficult to use, as it doesn't melt too easily because of the absorbent powders, but this does mean it does not feel greasy on the skin. In my opinion Schnuggle makes a much better massage bar than it does body butter and I will continue to use it in this way. Although the product is expensive at £7.50, you use so little of it - because it IS so difficult to melt - that it lasts quite a long time. I will probably repurchase.
Most pregnant women suffer with sleeping especially later on in pregnancy, it's not particularly comfortable and there are quite a few products to help sleep. I am finding that once I am asleep I will sleep through but it is actually getting myself to switch off, I still work full time so my day is pretty busy and as soon as I get home I have this overwhelming urge to clean and tidy everything, including the cats so by the time I get into bed (which I normally force myself to do) I am still thinking about what I need to do in the morning before work.
For the past few weeks I have been taking a bath late at night with all sorts of oils, lotions and potions to enable an easier sleep, I was longing for something to help me drift off instead of lying there tossing and turning until I eventually fell asleep. My mum is also a long time fan of Lush (as most of the women in my family are) and she amazed me by actually recommending a product to me, as it is normally the other way round! She suffers with her sleep also and has been using Schnuggle Shower Bar as it contains the wonderful fragrance of lavender which is known to calm, relax and sedate! My only concern is when I went online to check was ingredients it has in it, it actually contains ginger which actually has the reverse effect on the nervous system as it tends to get it going rather than slow it down!
I thought Schnuggle was worth giving a go and ordered one to see how it lived it up its reputation! Schnuggle is made up of a base containing cocoa butter, cornstarch and kaolin clay and is fragranced by lavender, ginger, sandalwood, jasmine and chamomile. Cornstarch is used generally to give the bar a better texture but it is incredibly absorbent leaving the skin silky smooth. Kaolin is added to cleanse the skin and help exfoliate, it also adds texture to the product and absorbency. Cocoa Butter is always used as a base as its well known for its nourishing and moisturising qualities. Lavender is added as it is reknown for its calming properties which hopefully enable a restful night sleep. It also has antiseptic and soothing properties making it ideal for both hair and skin. Chamomile is added as it blends well with lavender even though it is great at calming on its own (and it is incredibly gentle). Chamomile is also great for the skin as it soothes and has useful antiseptic qualities. Jasmine is quite a strong fragrance which doesn't seem to make much of an impact on Schnuggle but its known for its stress relieving qualities, so ideal for this product.. Sandalwood has quite a woody scent which again cannot overpower the lavender. It's a great emollient and ideal for those with sensitive skin.
What did initially concern me was the use of ginger oil in this shower bar as it is known to boost circulation . However, upon further investigation I found that ginger oil is used to relax muscles and sooth aching joints.
The first thing I noticed when I got in the bath with Schnuggle was the lavender fragrance which was incredibly delicate but just enough for the whole bathroom to be filled with this sleepy scent. It's a shame that the other fragrances such as sandalwood, jasmine and chamomile are toned down by the lavender but what scent you do get of them is a sweet but woody floral fragrance which goes with lavender a treat. I have to say I found it incredibly hard getting out of a very warm, relaxing bath and leaving Schnuggle behind as the aroma is so calming I found that my racing mind had slowed down considerably. However, once I had finally got out of the bath my skin was incredibly soft and felt nourished with thanks to the deep conditioning cocoa butter. I did however have to use a light body lotion as I do have dry skin, but if you have normal type skin you won't need any follow up moisturiser/ body lotion at all.
This is intended for a shower but I did use it in the bath as I found this far more relaxing than using in a shower. It doesn't matter whether you use it in the shower or bath it acts exactly the same. Unlike some body butters which can leave a bit of a residue behind, Schnuggle doesn't leave anything which is down to its absorbent powders, they do a great job of keeping your skin soft and residue free. Which is great as sometimes you have to wait a few minutes before getting dressed after your bath or shower!
So does Schnuggle actually work? When I got out of my bath I did feel a lot more relaxed than I did before I got in. I felt tired and felt that I just needed to sleep. This may have been because I had actually stopped all my running around and had 30 minutes to myself doing nothing but either way it worked. I was able to get into my bed and finally get to sleep a lot quicker than normal because thoughts weren't racing in my head! The lavender aroma stays on your skin too which is a nice subtle reminder to stay relaxed!
What Lush say:
"Traditional thinking is that people take showers to wake themselves up in the morning and baths to calm down at night, but many of us have one or the other. So we are delighted to introduce the Shnuggle bar, a sleep-inducing body butter for bedtime. Noriko came up with the concept, mixing moisturizing cocoa butter with absorbent powders, so that your skin feels soft and smooth, not greasy. Treat yourself and have a good Schnuggle before bed."
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Cornstarch (Zea mays), Kaolin, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum gradniflorum), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume
£7.50 per 90g
The downside to this wonderful bar is the price, it is on the expensive side. However, the bar is not fast melting so you do have quite a few uses out of it but it is quite hard parting with that amount of money to begin with. For me however the fact that it has helped me get some sleep I will continue using it as apart from being able to doze off easily my skin has been incredibly nourished as well.
This is the first body butter I have tried from lush, though I am a fan of Dream Time temple balm withwhich Shnuggle shares its scent.
Lush claim that after using Shnuggle you will be sent straight to the land of nod and I do agree that once I had used it I did feel sleepy. Though I could have tricked myself into beleaving I was tired because the product said I would be, but lets not be cynical!
Using the product was a bit strange and does take some getting used to. The bar does not foam so its hard to tell if it is actualy doing anything, but all you have to do is smell you skin to see that something wonderful is happening. While using the bar my skin did feel quite greasy but I reserved judgement until I had dried off.
After drying off my skin felt soft and not at all oily as I had feared with this product. It does feel as though there is some residue left behind on my skin, it feels chalky, this may not be to all peoples tastes but I feel it works well with this product.
After using it the smell lingerd on my skin long after showering, in my opinion thats a good thing.
The smell is not overpowering unlike some Lush products. I find the scent very appealing, I think its a very comforting (especialy in winter) sent that makes you feel warm and shnuggley!
Shnuggle£3.50 for a 115g bar. I think this is quite a fair price and it seems like there will be a lot of uses from the bar.
All in all this is not a product I would use every day, as it is more for when you want to feel relaxed and calmed rather than woken up. It delivers what it sets out to do and is great at it but it is not a must have product, its more for when you have some spare cash and fancy a treat.
A moisturizing mix of cocoa butter with absorbent powders so that your skin feels soft and smooth, but not the slightest bit oily /