UPDATE: Ok I am a world-class jackass 🙂 I am only now realizing (thanks to your comments) that this is not meant to be used in the shower. DUH! This is my first experience with a massage bar, so color me ignorant (and there were no instructions so I made assumptions). Basically then this post is useless and I need to try it again outside the shower. 😀
Monday Monday, can’t trust that day,
Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
Oh Monday Monday, how could you leave and not take me…
Oh sorry, just a little The Mamas and the Papas there for ya. 🙂
Ever feel super sleep and like you just cannot wake up on a dreary, cold Monday morning like today in the Bay? Well I think LUSH’s Hottie Massage Bar might help wake you up!
This heavy little bar is infused with black pepper oil, ginger oils and vanilla. While that may sound like some kind of food seasoning the black pepper oil supposedly helps to get your circulation going and helps aching muscles. The vanilla just smells good.
Now this bar doesn’t really smell like the typical vanilla, it’s definitely strong and takes a bit getting used to. It’s a spicy vanilla.
Also you notice one side has bumps all over it, hence the name massage bar.
So I was all excited to try this baby out last week. I stepped into the shower and grabbed the (somewhat heavy) bar. Immediately I noticed my hands felt like they were greasy. Hmmm, I thought, but I continued to use it on my arm and shoulder. Then I noticed that it was leaving this buttery/oily-like residue all over my skin and the water was actually beading up on my skin and kind of made me look like I had been shellacked. It felt a bit sticky and oily to me (the scent doesn’t lessen when it’s wet either) and I REALLY didn’t like that feeling at all.
I stopped using it and proceeded to try and get the residue off my arm with regular soap, which took some serious scrubbing and a few tries. I also noticed that this stuff immediately had coated the bottom of my shower with that same oily residue and made it a little slippery. No bueno.
I’m not a fan of anything greasy feeling or anything that leaves a residue on my skin, it just drives me insane. Plus the scent was just too strong and was definitely very detectable on my arm. They do say on their website that “The jojoba and butter base melts onto the skin quickly” but it never felt like it melted in, it just sat on top feeling gross.
I think the IDEA of this bar is great, but the execution just doesn’t work for me. If the scent was more subdued and there was no greasy feeling on my skin or the tub, I would probably have really liked it because the massage bumps did feel nice. However nothing about it worked for me personally.
Availability: LUSH online and in stores
Price: $8.95 1 oz
Have you tried this bar or any other LUSH bars? What are your thoughts on that buttery greasy feeling?