Sunday, 27 November 2011

Review: Lush Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub

I went to Lush a few weeks ago. It is a store which attracts me every time I walk past. Their handmade goodies can be smelled yards away from the shop. 

The packaging claims and instructions:

Excerpt from Lush;

A festive wintery scrub to wake up sluggish skin.
Not everyone would think to try a fusion of the Arctic Circle and Australia – but we think we’ve pulled it off.
This little igloo is made with lots of fine sugar, so you can gently scrub your skin.  But because it’s winter, we’ve included plenty of other things to perk you up and fight the darkness.  
There’s bicarb to soften the water and make you feel smooth.  Then there’s Siberian pine to give a little lift to your heart with its smell, reminiscent of hot sun beaming through pine forests in springtime.  We then travel to the other side of the world with Australian sandalwood and eucalyptus, because they both smell fantastic and are great for balancing the skin. 
Then to soften you up a bit, we’ve hidden a little core of coconut oil inside the sugar, which will leave your skin smooth and moisturised. There’s even dried rosella in here, which helps calm skin and reduce redness.
This may be a tough scrub with a look of crisp winter on the outside, but its smooth coconut centre and soft scent with hints of greenery will leave you all warm and snuggly inside. Read more.


Green = natural 
Black = synthetic

Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Dried Rosella , Siberian Pine Oil , Eucalyptus Blue , Sandalwood Oil, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Limonene, Methyl Ionone, Perfume, Colour 42090


How I used it:
I divided the sugar scrub so that I could use 1/4th to exfoliate my skin in the shower.

The 1/4th piece was enough to exfoliate, I could have even used less if I wanted to. The sugar scrub becomes quite soft when it comes into contact with moisture and it is easy to spread onto the skin. The skin feels like it is being exfoliated, without the sugar grains being too harsh on it either. It is quite gentle for a sugar scrub. 

The scent reminds me of a forest, but it is quite mild scent so it's not too overpowering (which is a plus because I'm not a big fan of forest or pinewood scents). The sugar scrub doesn't dry the skin out after using it, but you may want to moisturise your skin depending on how it feels after. 

I don't use the sugar scrub often because I have other means of exfoliating, but I do like the sugar scrub and it is quite inexpensive and quick and easy to use.