Product Type: Lush body care
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Hard to soft and a bit of persistence at Midnight!
Lush Midnight Massage Bar
Member Name: Sarccyslayer
Lush Midnight Massage Bar
Advantages: Smells delightful, lingering smell, easy to use, bit of fun, long lasting
Disadvantages: Its expensive
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.
Summary: A Jasmine scented massage bar from Lush