I am a huge fan of body exfoliators, especially in the winter, and I really like Lush, so this body scrub was high up on my Christmas wish list. It was selling for $9.95 and was also part of the after-Christmas BOGO sale, but it’s sadly sold out now.
Description & directions from the Lush website:
Bark’s now here, the angels sing! Sea salt will give soft, scrubbed skin. In tempting bark you should confide. Peppermint oil is packed inside! This take on a traditional American treat is packed full of fair trade organic cocoa and cupuaçu butter to deliver star-spangled softening and scrubbing to your skin! It’s made to soften with a delicious scent.
How to use
Use it dry or under water in the bath or shower. Rub the bar in a circular motion along all those rough, dry body parts.
Important ingredients to note:
- Fine sea salt — exfoliator
- Peppermint oil — has cooling, stress-relieving, and stimulating properties
- Cocoa and cupuaçu butters — moisturizers
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) — a detergent with emulsifying and foaming properties that can be irritating at high concentrations; it is related to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
- Titanium dioxide — a controversial compound in the beauty industry, as some forms of TiO2 are possibly carcinogenic
Packaging: As with other solid Lush items (bath bombs, solid shampoos, massage bars, etc.), what you see is what you get. Because Lush products are handmade, each body scrub bar looks different.
Appearance: I expected mine to be a deeper, bluer green, as seen on the product page, but it turned out to be more of an apple green. The bar is mostly absent of white patches, and the red patches are only present on the top surface of the block.
Scent: Thanks to the peppermint oil and cocoa butter, the body scrub does indeed smell like peppermint bark. I found that the scent was actually more chocolatey than minty, which was a bit of a letdown for me. The fragrance is not strong, but the scent lingers on the skin for a couple of hours after use.
Texture: When dry, the body scrub is a very solid, rock hard block. When it gets wet, it absorbs water very easily and starts to break down quickly.
Experience: This is the first Lush body scrub that I’ve tried and I definitely have mixed feelings about it. I used this product in the shower and it did a great job of exfoliating my body, but it was also a bit harsh. I absolutely cannot imagine using this stuff dry. Also, if you have eczema or sensitive skin, you should stay away from this product.
+ Smells like peppermint bark, if you’re into that
+ Breaks down into a scrub that cleanses and exfoliates well
+ Moisturizing, thanks to the butters
– Seriously scrubby, to the point of possibly scratching the skin, especially when used as a solid (even under hot running water)
– Cannot be used dry, but then absorbs water too quickly and breaks apart
– Only has 4 uses (full body)–maybe 5, if you really stretch it; $2.50 per use = not worth it
Rating: 3/5. This body scrub does what it says, but it is definitely not gentle. It is still a good product, although there are certainly tricks to using it well. If it had more uses and a mintier smell, I would definitely give it a higher rating. As is, I think there’s certainly room for improvement.
Have you tried this body scrub or any of the other Lush body scrubs? What Lush holiday items do you have? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!