“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Night Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Lush Midnight Massage Bar
One of my favourite shops that doesn't sell DVD's, books or video games is Lush and we have a nice branch of the shop in The Hague. I went in at Christmas this year to peruse the special offers and I admit I could stand in the shop all day and just breathe slowly in and out. I just love the smells. I usually end up buying something and this time was no exception. The Lush Midnight Massage bar looks like a piece of toasted bloomer with melted cheese on it.
The bar contains both Shea butter and cocoa Butter , which acts as a moisturiser and conditioner to help leave the skin feeling rejuvenated, and smooth. It contains olive oil which helps smoothen out the skin even further and takes out any dry areas. It also contains figs and the pods of the quince fruit which acts as a balm or pack and really draws out all the bad stuff in your skin. The Carob extract helps to aid the skins elasticity and also helps to smooth out any wrinkles.
The smell is not that strong and contains jasmine and juniper oil. It's a nice smell but not really powerful enough for me but I still went ahead with the purchase to try it out on my skin. This product can be rather messy so it is best to prepare properly before using it in the bath and not have any stainable clothes nearby. The object of use is to hold it inside the palms of your hands until it begins to melt. You then rub it liberally over your body and you can actually see the oil separating from the rest of the substance. If you are that way inclines, you can ask your partner to rub the oils into your back for a better effect. Once you do start using it the scent then flows out and becomes a lot stronger than you would think it would be after initially smelling the unused bar. It applies really well and you can really feel the smoothness of this product working on your skin. As the oil separates you get to give your body an even covering and unlike many other products like this it doesn't break off in lumps or end up being wasted and melted at the bottom of the bath. When I first used it I wondered how long it would last as it is quite expensive for me for a product of this type but I needn't have worried as once you stop applying it and it dries up you are left with a bar that looks like it has hardly been used. So for that I rate this bar really highly.
After use you feel like your body has had a nice treatment and your skin feels really soft, smooth and relaxed. The bar is also promoted as a hydrating bar and you do kind of feel rehydrated after using it and the lovely smell stays with you for a while and your bathroom smells lovely afterwards too.
The bar cost me seven euros and fifty cents, which is just over six pounds in the UK I think. It is shaped in the form of a melted clock and has the clock face with numbers drawn into the centre but it still looks like a bit of melted bread and cheese to me. It is the colour of hardened cheese or light yellow with darker yellow around the edges.
I would recommend this bar to any soap or smelly lover and it is a really nice relaxing treat to give yourself to wash away the stress of everyday life.
4 out of 5 stars for me.
I'm a huge fan of the store Lush, and am trying to sample all of their products; this includes the limited edition Christmas releases. As well as the usual soaps and shower gels, this year there is also a special festive massage bar - Midnight Massage.
Massage bars are solid bars of moisturising butters and oils, scented with essential oils. Their solid nature means that they can be made without preservatives and do not require packaging, and are easier to transport. They are designed to be used for relaxing massages with the other half, but I tend to use them as luxurious solid moisturisers.
Most massage bars are oval shaped to fit in the specially-designed tins, but this is a bit different - it is a Dali-style melting clock, with the time showing as five minutes to twelve. It is cream in colour with a little gold lustre to make it look pretty. I really like the design: it is pretty and unusual.
The bar smells amazing: the scent of jasmine mingles with the fruity scent of figs, carob pods and quince, with a hint of vanilla and olive. The smell is really luxurious, sensual and relaxing. The bar is suitable for vegans and the bulk of it is made up of moisturising cocoa butter, shea butter and olive oil.
I normally use the bar at night, after my bath or post-gym shower, to richly moisturise my skin before bed. I'd rather not use it during the day as it is a bit too greasy. To use it, I warm it between my hands until the oils start to melt and massage the product into my skin. Sometimes I rub the bar straight onto my skin. I find that it melts easily enough, but not too quickly. In between uses I've been keeping it in the paper bag, but as it gets smaller I will be able to put it in one of my Lush tins. I've used mine three times now and it is still almost full size, so I reckon it will last me a while.
The bar feels richly moisturising and is very luxurious to use. It leaves my skin slightly greasy and oily, so I prefer to wait a while before putting my pyjamas on. The product doesn't irritate my skin at all, but makes it feel smooth and soft. The effects last until the next morning, and would last even longer I suspect if I didn't have to get a shower.
The scent is clearly discernible on my skin, too, right up until the next day. It is a lovely scent for the evening to make me feel more relaxed. I can still smell it on my pyjamas a few days later!
At £6.50 I feel the bar is very well priced for such a long-lasting and luxurious product. I highly recommend this massage bar, it is intensively moisturising and smells amazing. Ideal for helping you to recover from the Christmas rush!
I love to visit Lush and will find a reason to pop into the store every time I'm in town. I love to try out new product because I know how natural and good for you in this shop. I especially love it when they bring out Christmas specials and so I had to buy the Midnight massage by Lush.
What does the product do?
The product promises to hydrate the skin deeply leaving it feeling soft, smooth and silky. It contains both Cocoa butter and Shea Butter to moisturise the skin, removing all signs of dryness, and to nourish the skin leaving it looking healthy and conditioned. It also contains Olive Oil to soften the skin and it is packed full of exotic forbidden fruits which include figs, carob pods and quince fruit which improve the health of your skin. It is scented with Jasmine which will perfume your skin long after use. It is basically a more fun way to moisturise.
How do you use the product?
The product can be a bit messy to use so you might want to use it in your bathroom away from fabric which could stain. You need to hold the bar in your hands and when it reaches body temperature, it will start to melt. You can smooth the product over the skin and then massage the oils that are left behind into the body.
Packaging and Price
The product is pale orange/yellow in colour and it is shaped as a clock with a wavy edge and a stop watch stopped on top. It resembles the melting clock from that famous painting. It has the numbers of a clock face drawn onto the front and some clock hands drawn on too. The product will cost you around £6.50 for each clock and it can be bought from your local Lush store and also from the Lush website. It will probably only be around for the Christmas Period.
Application and Performance
The product has a delicious aroma. It is sweet like Jasmine but it has aromas of exotic Christmassy fruit too so I do really like it. The product feels really smooth in the hand and it does begin to melt quite quickly. Only small amounts of oil melt off at a time so you're not going to end up with oil everywhere. The product glides over the skin easily without pulling or dragging and it deposits a sensible amount of oil on the skin. It is simple to massage into the skin and it absorbs quickly leaving a healthy sheen on the skin which doesn't make you feel greasy or unclean.
The oils are gentle on the skin and haven't caused me to experience any discomfort or irritations. The product makes the skin feel really soft and silky and it removes all signs of dryness or tightness from the skin leaving you feeling comfortable and hydrated. The product leaves the skin feeling soft for hours and the aroma lingers on the skin for just as long. The product doesn't shrink to much with each application so it should have a long life line.
All in all, this is a lovely hydrating product for the body which leaves the skin feeling soft and smelling delicious. It is a fun and novelty way to hydrate the skin and although it isn't great when you're in a rush, it's a lovely product to use when you have the time and energy to pamper your self.
Have you ever had one of those weeks where you have been going from one meeting to the next, carrying loads of paperwork and files, rushing about on and off the tube and when you get home at the end of the week you literally ache from head to foot, from the smallest toe right up to the top of your head? Well that was me not so long ago, infact just over 2 weeks ago.
For me, one of the best products to ever come out of the whiffy shop (as my Nan calls it) is the massage bars. They have to be one of my favourite products to buy and whenever something new comes out and I spot it either on their website having just got paid or in the 'Lush Times' you can guarantee I have bought it within the next few days. Why I like them so much is because putting it simply, they are a great product. I am yet to purchase and try a massage bar that I don't like and to date there is over ten different ones to try currently on sale and probably one or two more in the Retro section of Lush. The purpose for me of using a massage bar is to make you relax you, take away stress or simply moisturise your skin to make it all soft supple and of course not forgetting that it takes two to use... I don't think I need to say more than that.
The current issue of the Lush Times, which came through my door just under a month ago is circled like an Argos catalogue is for kids of 'I would like' items. One of those thing being the 'Midnight' massage bar which when purchased cost me £6.50 for a 100gram bar of product. For me £6.50 is an average sort of price for a massage bar, most retail at, if you look online you will see that the cheapest one is 'Shimmy Shimmy' which costs £4.25 for a 30g bar and 'Ego' is the most expensive costing £7.95 for 100g. For me the price of each massage bar varies depending on their size and which ingredients are used to make it, but they do last a very long time, so they are definitely worth their money. As always with Lush massage bars 'Midnight' came wrapped within a clear cellophane wrapper clearly displaying the Lush logo, how much I paid and the size of the piece.
The 'Midnight' massage bar is a bright orangey gold colour and is designed to look like a clock. It hosts a clock face with numbers going round from 1 to 12 and the two hands point to what symbolises midnight, hence the name. The other way to describe it is to Google "Persistence of memory" which is a painting by Salvador Dali to get a better idea of what the clock looks like and reminds me of. This massage bar is almost as big as my hands, but as I was the one on the receiving end, it was up to my husband to massage me with it. If you have never used a Lush Massage Bar (get one) all you need to do to use it is mimic the actions of using a soap when washing your hands and it is as simple as this - 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 that "Treat yourself to some quality time when all the work is over with this solid massage bar". It may be useful to note that once the bar has been warmed up in your hands, they do becomes quite greasy to the touch as the essential oils are released to work, so I would advise that your 'masseuse' is not wearing their best t-shirt because, even though I am assured it wouldn't stain your clothes, it isn't a gamble I would be willing to take, so old clothes, a towel and something to wipe your hands on is a must for me whenever we use them. Oh and another hint - make sure your masseuse doesn't have cold hands at the start because it will take much longer for the essential oils to be released and there is nothing worse than a cold handed masseuse.
After using the massage bar you may need to towel off any excess oils or little bits of the bar which have become loose, because as good as it is at disappearing totally into your skin I have always found there to be parts that have been missed.
So why is it called a 'Midnight'? Well the idea behind this product is that it is a little treat around Christmas time when you are fraught at work, have to do the Christmas shopping, put the decorations up and generally work yourself up into a tizzy, the time then comes for you to sit back and relax and have some 'me' time, well me and your other half time.
There is as expected a list of ingredients within this massage bar which help you to relax, enjoy and de-stress. Starting with Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter both of which are known to moisturise, soften and smooth the skin. Olive Oil comes next and again this is used for its ability to moisturise the skin and it is becoming use more and more in products that I used for moisturising. Jasmine Oil comes next and is one of the main ingredients within this product, it promotes relaxation, reduces stress, tension and nervousness and eases muscle pains to name but a few things it does. Petitgrain Oil comes next and this one I am not too familiar with, but upon researching it I have found that it helps with exhaustion and stress-related conditions and in particular anger and panic. It calms and soothes the mind, while relaxing the body, easing breathing, reducing rapid heart beat. It also helps with insomnia and finally, it is very useful to help clear up greasy and congested skin and excessive perspiring. The final things to mention are figs, carob pods and quince fruit all of which have been added as a little extra because they are packed full of vitamins and are good for your skin. There are also many other ingredients contained within this massage bar and they can be found at www.lush.co.uk
The main fragrance for me is that of Jasmine, which is a really lovely scent and once you have finished using the massage bar, you notice that there is a lingering scent on your skin which is quite sweet but floral at the same time and it reminds me of one of my favourite perfumes by Bvlgari called Jasmin Noir.
To get a good use of this bar and a feel for how it should be used, I was told by one Lush Rep a few years ago that you would need at least 30 minutes so that you can ensure your whole body has been thoroughly covered and also that you have been given a good massage! After using this product I did find that my skin was totally moisturised, had a healthy glowing effect and it smelt wonderful.
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 one that is quite unusual. 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.